Friday, April 14, 2006

i'm back from the dead

i feel like i haven't blogged in forever! but it's really only been a couple of weeks. i do often hav e afew minutes to check up on other people, and this past wedsday i felt like i needed to blog, but didn't have anything useful to report.

that is... until now...

first off... our pc is back! thank god. i sure did miss it.. not that the laptop wasn't good.. it was perfectly fine. but i found it to be so much more distracting to have that around the house b/c everytime i would walk into the kitchen to do, say the dishes, i would think.. oooh... i'll just check my email... next thing i know it's been an hour. some of you are probabley thinking... "why didn't you just put it on your computer desk?" well, we don't have a flat panel monitor, so there's just no room for some day we'll have one! (i hope)

we ended up bringing our pc to the computer fix-it place on campus to see what they said was wrong with the stupid thing.. theysaid it was teh motherboard.. what?! it was brand new.. so we sent the motherboard back to the manufacturer, and they sent us a new one.. and now our pc is super happy! :) only we have to reinstall everything first.

also i'd like to report that the grass in the backyard has sprouted.... this is exciting news b/c we weren't sure if the frost this past week killed the grass seed.. apparantly not! we've had nothing but trouble trying to get grass to grow after the knocked down the ginormous shed that looked hideous the summer after we bought the house. so we seeded a couple weeks ago when i twas super nice thinking we were safe... we limed and put down fertilizer.. we tilled the soil to loosen it up see as how we have mostly clay soil here in gfield.

i've gotta clean up the house for this weekend.. but in all honesty i'm sick of cleaning. i've been doing allt he cleaning and laundry for the past couple weeks.. sure jason works full-time and i don't.. well who said taking care of a young child isn't work... i only work out of the house 3 days a week. so my guess is that he expects me to do most of the cleaning b/c i'm "home"... even though he knows that when i'm "home" with my son.. i'm often not home.. running errands, going to playgroup and playdates and what not.. then we come home and he wants to play outside, or we go inside for lunch and i put him down for a nap.. but that's often not until 1pm or later.. and then jays home at 3:00 usually.. so where is "all this time" i had while i was home.. whatever i'm just ranting now.. it's not like he gets angry over the mess i don't clean up... but it would be nice if he could clean up some... and he will.. and then i won't do any of the cleaning for a couple weeks b/c he's doing it, and then he gets it's this unintentinal cycle that happens with us..

on a different note..

here's something i got from email.. and if you live in MASS you'll love it.. and if your from out-of-state, consider yourself warned:

1. A right lane construction closure is just a game to see how many people can cut in line by passing you on the right as you sit in the left lane waiting for the same drivers to squeeze their way back in before hitting the orange construction barrels.

2. Turn signals will give away your next move. A real Massachusetts driver never uses them. Use of them in Boston may be illegal.

3. Under no circumstances should you leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, or the space will be filled in by somebody else putting you in an even more dangerous situation.

4. Crossing two or more lanes in a single lane-change is considered "going with the flow."

5. The faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance you have of getting hit.

6. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork. Massachusetts is a no-fault insurance state and the other driver has nothing to lose.

7. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a nice, relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to stretch your legs.

8. Construction signs warn you about road closures immediately after you pass the last exit before the backup.

10. Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right.

11. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as suggestions and are apparently not enforceable during rush hour.

12. Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a Mass driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.

18. It is traditional in Massachusetts to honk your horn at cars that don't move the instant the light changes.

19. Seeking eye contact with another driver revokes your right of way, except in Boston where it acts as an invitation to duel or play chicken.

21. Remember that the goal of every Massachusetts driver is to get there first, by whatever means necessary.

22. Real Massachusetts female drivers can put on pantyhose, apply eye makeup and balance the checkbook at seventy-five miles per hour during a snowstorm in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

23. Real Massachusetts male drivers can remove pantyhose and a bra at seventy-five miles per hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic during daylight hours (who would want to at night?).

24. Heavy snow, ice, fog, and rain are no reasons to change any of the previously listed rules. These weather conditions are God's way of ensuring a natural selection process for body shops, junkyards, and new vehicle sales.

By the way: Don't ask what happened to numbers 9, 13-17, or 20 (they have been consumed by the Big Dig)...


  1. MB - Hmmm, that sucks that your board was fried. It happens. Good to hear it was covered under warranty. Oh, and I'll have to make a note to myself to never drive in MASS. LOL

    Have a great Easter!

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  2. what's sad is the list all seems SO TRUE!
    I always try to leave a space, it always gets filled in... Boston is pretty much cut-throat to drive in, my heart always pounds after that ride, having lived through all the sudden moves by other drivers yet again...
    Glad your machine is happy once more! Mine's still doing well, not done with reinstalling the tunes n other software yet...
    Happy Spring!

  3. It's tough to grow grass around here. Ours is coming in better than last year. I've been watering it like crazy though.

    Driving in Massachusetts is scary but New Yorkers are worse than us. Some New Yorker came flying onto the rotary the other day and nearly took my front end off. I used the appropriate hand signal to show her that she should yield to rotary traffic.

  4. I haven't driven in Boston (or Massachusetts) for years, but do remember what a ride it was. Your list accurately describes the road rules... and made me laugh at the memories.
    We have those kind of drivers down here as well. You know.... the ones that feel it's important for them to always be one second ahead of the person they're driving behind, while applying make-up, talking on the cell, and weaving their way through driving hell.

    Snaggle is right.... even leaving a small space in front of you only leaves an "in" for the inconsiderate drivers to cut ahead without a signal.... as if my dashboard crystal ball was able to predict their movement.

  5. the driving thing is so accurate it's scary. my favorite one was the last one where it said don't worry about such and such numbers.. they got swallowed bythe big dig... i was laughing at that one. b/c many of you know that the big big is probably the single most expensive blunder happening in this

    i was driving through worcester yesterday and the construction they have on 290 is anything but fun.... i;m in the left i'm in the middle..i'm in the left..oh crap i have to go to the right.... lol only i have to try a squeeze the suburban into these that's never fun.

    drivng in western mass is completly different however... the minumum understood speed limit is not in fact 80 mph as it is near boston. most of the crazy drivers around here are from out of state!

    the grass is coming along nicely! lets see how long it lasts...

  6. Yesterday was the big day for the Rabies clinic, right? I saw the balloons next door and I thought you must be bailing on the party.

  7. ever since cecil stole evan's cookies, and said she "forgot" what happened when he was screaming bloody murder, i have no sympathy for her. evan wanted a snack, so i brought her one too, see if i ever do that again.

    evan slept through it anyway... it was during naptime. what a shame. not