By the busy-ness I've had the last few days, you'd swear I'd done a pile of Christmas shopping, when the only thing I've done is to get the “family gift” which Brie used today. Stressin- gotta get ready for a TPR trial I'd like so badly to postpone if only to give my client half a chance! Can't say more than that. Choir's fun. John is working his tuchas off as per usual and still manages to get things done around the house – unlike yours truly! Then again, he doesn't take his work home with him – how can he, the only thing the poor guy has time to do is sleep!
Well, gotta go



Sure I am:
Punk Mama
You're a punk rock mommy! DIY is probably your
motto, because you're a punk mama at heart.
Your kids are getting your independent spirit
and guts, and learning to solve problems
themselves. You love it when they show their
independence, even when it's breaking your

What kind of a freaky mother are you?
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Well, at least they didn't call me an earth mother or some other crapola!
Thanks, Dori – scary…..

I am so tired. Visits tomorrow. TPR on tues to prep on Sun and Mon. Choir Sun., Tues trial, Wednesday get ready for Thursday's and Friday's hearing … boo f'in hoo as Brie would say. Poor baby – at least I'm not living in a GD group home for Christmas. That should be a pile of laughs. Damn, sometimes this job gets to me.

Ho ho ho ho ho….snore…..
nighty night…..

OYOYOY show (with apologies to Al Franken)

Well, last week we finished four long days of testimony on that TPR trial from hell and we've got 3 more fun days to go – at the end of January.
Bright spot is choir – it's been a long time since I've been singing regularly and this has been a blast, plus it gets my butt out of bed on Sunday mornings to church – a good thing for me, too.
Now I'm worried – John has gone to help Sabrina and Joanna – van has a flat! And speaking of choir, I “volunteered” it for 12/4's Christmas caroling gig to haul equipment. Hope they are OK, I'm glad John's with them.
John's birthday is tomorrow and I still have to get him a gift before we go out tomorrow night for dinner.
Gonna have to sneak out during work and go to see the usual suspects …..

Oh well, as to the title, Brie thinks I have a crush on Al Franken. Hmmmmm. Wouldn't she like to know..

Just stopping in

Well, Joey doesn't have the big C. Didn't think it was worrying me as much as it was until the Dr's office called and said she has mono. PHEw! I almost cried. What I didn't know is mono is caused by the epstein-barr virus – the thing that makes you perpetually tired. I don't know how she keeps the schedule she does – work, school, study, sleep…..I'm just glad we're going to have her around longer!
Now i gotta gear up for that trial and all i'm doing is avoiding it…..
maybe a game of freecell?

Now I know why I like the name Aidan

A young monk named Aidan responded, “Perhaps you were too harsh with them, and they might have responded better to a gentler approach.” At this, Aidan found himself appointed to
lead a second expedition to Northumbria. He centered his work, not at York, but in imitation of his home monastery, on Lindisfarne, an island off the northeast coast of England, now often called Holy Isle (55:41 N 1:48 W).
With his fellow monks and the English youths whom he trained, Aidan restored Christianity in Northumbria, King Oswald often serving as his interpreter, and extended the mission through the midlands as far south as London.

Aidan died at the royal town of Bamborough ( Bamburgh) , 31 August, 651. The historian Bede said of him: “He neither sought nor loved anything of this world, but delighted in distributing immediately to the poor whatever was given him
by kings or rich men of the world. He traversed both town and
country on foot, never on horseback, unless compelled by some urgent necessity. Wherever on his way he saw any, either rich or poor, he invited them, if pagans, to embrace the mystery of the faith; or if they were believers, he sought to strengthen them in their faith and stir them up by words and actions
to alms and good works.”

Sounds like he convinced people by example rather than by sword – a big deal in those times.

Another convention

The Republicans have invaded NYC. Oh well – they better not treat the protesters like the cops did in Chicago in ’68. That would REALLY be the pits.

I am proud to say I am one of the people who e-signed the above petition. (Actually I believe God is a civil libertarian.) Apparently it’s going to run in the NY Times, the Virginian (Pat Robertson’s local paper) and also in a Lynchburg paper where Jerry Falwell lives and works. Kewl.

Finally back to work, but just getting there slowly. A lot of boxes are unpacked; a lot are left to do and may not be done before we move again in 10 months, but that’s ok. It’s nice to have the niceties of home.

My daughter was looking for work and now has a job – with one of my best friends. I hope they get to like each other. I’m sure they will – usually one’s children like the friends better than the parents. (At least in my case they do and can you wonder…)

Can’t believe my granddaughter starts preschool next week. it’s the end of an era – when we can’t completely protect them from everything. Up until now she’s only been surrounded by a family who loves her. In a way, she’always be surrounded by us – just like sometimes I feel myself surrounded by the love I had as a small child. My mother’s gone, my grandparents, some of my cousins and in-laws, but at times I still feel their presence in my life. Hope she always will have that.

With any luck, I’ll start choir next week. That is, if we can figure out the car situation. (!) No comment.

Bye for now.

Feeling better, just spacey…..

It's a rainy soggy day outside. Brie and Betsy are watching Seinfeld, i've just read that CA has followed MO in its return to the Middle Ages. I worked awhile today, yet it still feels like it's been a day off. I've been getting a lot of sleep lately and getting better from that darn cold/cough that seems to have knocked the stuffing out of me. Dori came by with Madison, who promptly went to play with her toys at “pop pop's” house. Dori's been working a run of days at work with no time off. Everyone is taking advantage of their ability to earn overtime. John went to the first football game in Baltimore – he's manning one of the bars, pumping those beers – off from his full time job to do his third seasonal job. bless his heart.

That tpr trial was postponed – and boy was i grateful. more time to get more evidence and keep my little client protected. and to get healthy so as to give a good fight when the time comes. i put it in God's Hands and i believe that is where it landed. may it remain so!

listening to chant and other church music. my favorite – takes my favorite art with my favorite topic……

bye for now…..