Posts made in October, 2008

A Week From Now

Posted by on Oct 28, 2008 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

So, you know it’s almost over (or about to begin) (or the end of the age) (or the day in which the pundits heads will officially pop). Just one more week to figure out which judges you’ll vote to retain and which propositions you’ll officially be against.  And there’s also that whole presidential thing. 

If you live in the same state as us, you may want to hop on over to  It is a non-partisan site that essentially sends all of the candidates questions to which they supply answers.  Straight-forward and I’ve always found it helpful.  The State Bar Association also posts their results from surveys given to attorneys about the judges in front of whom they appear.  Their thoughts on whom should be retained are somewhat helpful.  You can check out this pdf for the details. Additionally, to view a sample ballot, click here.

Again, there are plenty of other races than THE BIG ONE about which you should be educated, so don’t show up to your polling place without the proper work ahead of time.

One of my favorite things this year has been the fact that we are not only receiving phone calls from our current local representatives but also the ones in whose district we used to live, when we lived in Texas. There’s nothing quite like automated calls to make me feel nostaglic, or twitchy.  Whichever. 

If you’ve got other helpful sites that we should visit, just go post them down there in the comments.  We’ll be sure to check them out. 

In the meantime, edjumacate thyself.

Read More

Wait for it… Wait for it…

Posted by on Oct 23, 2008 in Uncategorized | 11 comments


Looks like this outfit is going to be getting plenty of use.  

It’s a girl and she’s currently 8 ounces (or so they say).  Better keep this bun in the oven a little longer.

Read More

An Interview from a Few Years Back

Posted by on Oct 23, 2008 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


Read More

Not So Educated Guessing

Posted by on Oct 22, 2008 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

Tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 23), sometime after 3pm, we will be taking a peek at Question Mark’s nether regions.  With great hope of his/her participation, we fully expect to know the sex of this baby by late tomorrow afternoon.  This is your last chance to make your predictions known as the truth shall be made public tomorrow.  Happy guessing!

Read More

Bring on the Rain

Posted by on Oct 21, 2008 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

The forecast for the rest of the week is a large amount of precipitation with temperatures hanging out in the 50s.  I am so glad. On Sunday, dressed appropriately for fall, I was sweating.  It reminded me far too much of how we had to deal with the heat of Texas lo those two years and although we used the warm air to walk the zoo, we noted how awful the cat complex stank due to the increased temperature.  Gideon loved seeing the monkeys


and the lions

But the real highlight of any day is hanging out with dad, preferably while football is on tv and with some kind of electronic device to play with. 


The parents enjoyed people watching (including a man on a hover round whose feet were only covered with socks, proving that shoes are not required for zoo outings, provided you are scooting about on a cart) and an odd dear-like animal that had apparently been holding it since 2001 as his bladder finally gave out and he went to the bathroom for a truly amazing length of time.

It was good to go say goodbye to the outdoor exhibits for the season and pay our respects to the carousel and train.  Time now to zip up our coats, break out the cocoa and enjoy a few more ladles of soup.

Here’s Jud Favorite:
Chicken Tortilla Soup
From: Pampered Chef

4 corn tortillas
½ cup onion, chopped
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pressed garlic clove
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp ground cumin
1 ½ – 2 cans chicken broth
1 can medium or spicy Rotel, undrained
2-3 cans of petite diced tomatoes
1 can chopped green chilies
4 tsp fresh chopped cilantro
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat over to 400. Cut tortillas into ½ inch strips. Bake 7-8 minutes, until crisp. Or skip this step completely and just use the tortillas for dipping.

Cut chicken into edible sized portions. Cook on stove top for 3 minutes, then add onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin. Cook, stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes. Stir in broth (start with 1 can and see if you need more), tomatoes and chilies. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Serve, topping with tortilla strips, cheese and cilantro.

Read More