Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

(Christmas Lights Schematic by Bittyman)
Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Disco Elves

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Heroes in A Country Christmas

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Friday, November 21, 2008

Foto Friday

FYI, to all who might baby-sit the Heroes. If they ever disappear on you, look here:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

What HTML Color Are You?

you are mediumblue

Your dominant hue is blue, making you a good friend who people love and trust. You're good in social situations and want to fit in. Just be careful not to compromise who you are to make them happy.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
the html color quiz

I think that's pretty accurate. Although I'd be curious to know what my blog readers think my HTML color is. Take the quiz, describing me, and post your results in the comment box! (I'm curious if my online personality matches my IRL personality!)

Thanks, Esther!

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Simple Bittyman

The Simple Woman's Daybook
(As written by Bittyman since Diva Mom hasn't had her coffee yet!)

Outside my window... I see a bright blue sky.
I am thinking... I don't know what I'm thinking.
I am thankful for... God.
From the kitchen... I ate strawberry oatmeal for breakfast.
I am wearing... an army jacket (his cameo shirt) and red pants.
I am creating... play-doh robot.
I am going... to to the movies with E.J. and Hailey on Thursday.
I am reading... a Little Critter book.
I am hoping... that maybe we can go to the park.
I am hearing... the computer humming.
Around the house... I like to trash the house. (Make a huge mess.)
One of my favorite things... Transformers, mint chocolate chip cookies, kitchen tools... that's it.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Go to the park, go to the movies, go to Sunday school.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Reading ~ Christmas is Coming

(A fitting post since I'll be spending 3 hours this afternoon rehearsing Christmas music with my caroling group... after I've cantored 2 Masses... want to place bets on the state of my voice Sunday night?)

Let's Go Christmas Shopping! ~ The Anchoress
Stores That Won't Use CHRISTmas In Their "Holiday" Promotions And Advertising (aka, stores that won't be getting Diva Mom's business this Christmas) ~ Cheeky Pink Girl
Official 2008 Black Friday Site
Black Friday @
Merry Tossmas! ~ via Creative Minority Report
Organized Christmas
Make-A-Flake (Game)
Turkey Shoot (Game)

Friday, November 14, 2008

7 Quick Takes Friday

(A new feature from Jen at Conversion Diary. Thanks, Jen!)

The pictures posted on Wordless Wednesday are from a jazz festival that Dan and his band were performing at last weekend. We had a fantastic time, the band is already booked for next year, and the little Heroes were angels during 10 hours of total drive time. (i.e. they slept for 8 of those hours.)
Bittyman is on track break. (He's in a year-round elementary school, which has 5 different schedules or 'tracks'. I know, crazy. Welcome to an overcrowded school system.) He's off the entire month of November. The name 'track break' is misleading. It's only a break for the teachers.
Scrabble is back on facebook. I made my first 7-letter word, 'armorer' on a triple word score space, for a whopping 95 points! (Hey, Jen didn't specify that these quick takes had to be particularly entertaining or thought-provoking.)
I haven't started my Christmas shopping. Usually I'd be halfway through my list by Thanksgiving. I may have a caroling gig Thanksgiving night from 11:30pm to 4am. (I've been a professional caroler with a group that dresses in Dickens-period costumes and sings in a capella quartets for the past 10 Christmas seasons.) If so I'll go directly from the gig to the craziness of the Black Friday sales and try to knock out all my shopping in one swoop of my Kohl's card.
I refuse to do any Christmas shopping at a store that doesn't acknowledge that it's Christmas. You can find the 2008 'Naughty & Nice' list of retailers here.
Why is the closest Cracker Barrel 85 miles from our house? We stopped at one driving back from the festival and I was in heaven. Homestyle cooking AND shopping! Oh, wait! I have purchased one Christmas gift. The Heroes spent 15 minutes playing with a toy parrot that repeats back everything you say to it in parrot voice. Just hilarious - especially when it repeated back Ittyboy's 19-month-old 'talk'. After loading the boys into the car, Dan ran back in and bought it.
The number one Google search term that lands on my blog is "Turkey Pinecone Craft." (How cute is 2 1/2 year-old Bittyman there?) We'll be doing it again next week and I'll post new pictures!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

To Our Veterans

Thank you and your families for your service and sacrifice! Especially those Veterans we know personally:
Grandpa I., Grandpa E., Uncle Tony, Mr. Eggers, Mr. Bettencourt, Mr. Saffell, Mr. Testa and Fr. Phil

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Conservatives, let's learn from our mistakes.

(The video starts with a black screen - that's not a mistake. Stick with the entire 9 minutes. It's well worth viewing. Hat-tip to Fr. Erik at Orthometer.)

Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Eve Reading

Twas the Night Before Elections ~ A Catholic Mom in Hawaii
Vote for the Baby ~ Tales From The Bonnie Blue Horse
An open letter to our fellow Catholics on Election Eve ~ Our Faith Begins At Life, by Edward Morrissey and Elizabeth "The Anchoress" Scalia

Saturday, November 01, 2008

St. George and the Penguin

Anyone else's households suffering from the effects of sugar hangovers this morning? We're draggin' here!