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December 26, 2007

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Camille

Sara, what a beautiful family! Happy Winter Solstice! :)

Paula Kirsch

The same to you and your beautiful family Sara!!


Paula

janann

That is the most delightful holiday photo -- you have such a lovely, happy family! Thanks for sharing them with us (and be sure to thank them for sharing YOU with us).

Theresa

What a pleasant surprise!! That's a beautiful family. I get the biggest kick out of Gavin's (?right?) pictures; he always has the same innocent look on his face! Whether he's a penguin, or tied up with a jump rope, or charging around on his tricycle!!

Barbara

... What everyone else said!

I just love seeing holiday pictures of families - whatever the holiday, however old the kids. Thanks!

kathleen

Sara! Both you and your husband have such beautiful eyes and your children have certainly inherited them. Cute sweater on you too.

Happy Festivus and Prospero Año!

cat

Sara, what a sweet surprise! It only makes sense that your children would be beautiful since you are, but the hubby is a looker too! And I concur, please thank your family for sharing you with us. You enrich our lives as I hope we do your's!

Happy New Year!

Matt

Sara, wonderful photo of the family! Susie, we aren't doing too well on our bowl game picks..we WERE both at 5 and 9...but you JUST eeked ONE game up on me yesterday with the Bama win..drats! But the big games are yet to come...not sure how much I will get to watch, seem to be QUITE busy this Holiday season. I've only managed to sneak in 2 mt bike rides and no road rides. Not exactly the way I wanted to end the year, but thats the way it's working out. I wish a safe and happy New Years to all of the IA. See ya' next year!

susie b

Yes, you are correctamundo Matt & that is why I only bet on sports games/events that I am "positive" about. Of the 31 Bowl games this year, I would only bet on one - that the Florida Gators will CHOMP on some Wolverine hindquarters, much like Alex the lion in the animated movie Madagascar chomps on his best friend Marty the zebra's buttocks, when his detour into the Wild awakens his killer instinct. :)

Just saw that movie again on TV over the weekend & I laughed as much as when I saw it in the theatre. I especially loved the PENGUINS who commandeered the ship to go to Antartica & once there, in front of a 100ft glacier in blizzardly conditions, they stand for a full 30 seconds & eventually the leader utters "this sucks..." Kills me.

I also loved when Melvin the hypochondriac giraffe can't get a fire started & he's waving his legs around (with the wood attached, of course) & then accidentally they catch on fire. David Schwimmer was a stitch.

And then there was King Julian, the leader of the lemurs who also leads his animal kingdom in a Dance Party version of "Move It" ("I like to MOVE IT, MOVE IT, I like to MOVE IT, MOVE IT, Ya like to... MOVE IT!") before trying to figure out how to get the "New York Giants" to protect them from the foosas. If you haven't seen this movie, rent it or get it. It's hysterical.


But I digress. Football's the topic of the day. Move over ESPN, "College football lives HERE"! ;) And Matt, we're at HALF-TIME in this Bowlnanza (stole this word from NBCsports' John Walters) & the score is actually 7-6, my favor. But yeah, we should both definitely stay out of the sports betting places in Vegas! Whooo. I am hoping to make a come-back with the games of today & tomorrow. And you were three for three last Saturday, so there's sommmmmme hope for you. Of course, for the next 12 games, we only agree on 2 of them. One of us is gonna be cryin' come Wednesday. When exactly do you slink away, I mean, leave the country for England? ;) ;) ;)

BTW, John Walters is the writer of the best college football blog I have yet found & I searched all damn Autumn long. But gotta warn ya Matt, his one major flaw (besides being a single man with a cat ;) is that he abhors the idea of college football playoffs! So, yes, it's a tragic flaw, but he's funny, smart, literate, & brings TV, movies, music & other pop culture references into the discussion. He used to write at SI & I remember reading some of his stuff there. So far, I've only been reading & not writing there as the NBC site is even worse than Active in censoring & making it difficult to post.


And in a complete shift. I read a book yesterday that I actually bought almost exactly one year ago. I had bought the book as it was on a list of favorite books by a writer I admired. The 40 yr old book & its fairly current reviews have infuriated me for several reasons & I feel a "critique" rumbling inside. Far beyond acid reflux, think Mt St Helens... ;) One of the reasons I'm disappointed & infuriated with the book is that it is filled with EXQUISITE phrases, sentences, & passages. They are flawless South Sea pearls; luminous & golden in their perfection. But they are left unstrung. Instead, they are floating in a 50 gallon vat of seminal fluid. The book should have been titled "Blue". For the obvious but also because the writer is not just enamored with the word, he is obsessed. It almost became a game to see when & how the word would appear in every FREAKIN chapter. (If you can guess the book, you'll know that my FREAKIN word choice is deliberate... ;) Also, I was blue when I finished the book. NOT because I was done reading but because I had found the writer's skill wasted in a "flacid" storyline with unlikeable characters. A moocher, a liar & user. And that's all the same guy....

But I'll reserve the rest of my critique for an email. And if anyone has read the book, I would like your input. I have to warn you though, any time the female "lead" character could have been replaced with one of those "adult" blow-up dolls, I'm going to have a problem with the book. ;)
'A Sport and a Pastime' indeed.

susie b

OH, & Sara, FABULOUS photo! Your kids are so adorable.

And HAPPY NEW YEARS everyone!

susie b

Ok, so I've been hangin' with Tom Dooley since about 4:00 yesterday... ("hang down your head sooooo-zie b, hang down your head & cry...."). Y'know, the second I posted that comment on Monday, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach that I jinxed the Gators. I could be to blame!:( I'm SORRY TIMMY! Yep, that's what hubris gets you. I should have known as the last sports thing I was "positive" about was that Chicken could NEVER win the TDF. Yeah, he actually did'nt, but it sure looked like he might have & I would have bet that was impossible! Of course, maaaaaybe Matt was up to his old tricks & flew into Florida for New Year's Day... How exactly WAS the weather in the Sunshine State, Matt? :)

Even picking 9, say it again, NINE winners of the 12 games the last two days barely brought a smile to my frowny face as I sat on the sofa in a shocked stupor. Yes, I was down in the dumps for hours. Until I remembered I hadn't actually bet anybody on the game! Ooooooh-eeeee! Thank goodness all my friends were away or also believed the Gators would win or I would have lost BIG as I was soooooo sure.... I do think the Gators probably fell victim to what happened to Ohio State last year - "everybody" said they would "kill" their opponent & they got complacent. The Buckeyes must be laughin'. At least for six more days... ;)

Congrats Matt as Michigan looked great! If they had played like that all season they could have been playing next Monday! But, uh, while you bask in the glow of Wolverine prowess & slowly digest your meal of Gator tail (I hear it taste like CHICKEN! :), let me just say that except for that game, I trounced you in the picks Mon & Tues! 9-4. And since we agree on 4 of the 5 remaining games, let me channel a little Chuck Berry - "You can't catch meeeeeee" :) :) But here's the thing, the Fla-Mich game was the ONLY game of all 32 that I really cared about. Move over Tom D, I feel some tears comin' on....

susie b

Ok, so I've been hangin' with Tom Dooley since about 4:00 yesterday... ("hang down your head sooooo-zie b, hang down your head & cry...."). Y'know, the second I posted that comment on Monday, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach that I jinxed the Gators. I could be to blame!:( I'm SORRY TIMMY! Yep, that's what hubris gets you. I should have known as the last sports thing I was "positive" about was that Chicken could NEVER win the TDF. Yeah, he actually did'nt, but it sure looked like he might have & I would have bet that was impossible! Of course, maaaaaybe Matt was up to his old tricks & flew into Florida for New Year's Day... How exactly WAS the weather in the Sunshine State, Matt? :)

Even picking 9, say it again, NINE winners of the 12 games the last two days barely brought a smile to my frowny face as I sat on the sofa in a shocked stupor. Yes, I was down in the dumps for hours. Until I remembered I hadn't actually bet anybody on the game! Ooooooh-eeeee! Thank goodness all my friends were away or also believed the Gators would win or I would have lost BIG as I was soooooo sure.... I do think the Gators probably fell victim to what happened to Ohio State last year - "everybody" said they would "kill" their opponent & they got complacent. The Buckeyes must be laughin'. At least for six more days... ;)

Congrats Matt as Michigan looked great! If they had played like that all season they could have been playing next Monday! But, uh, while you bask in the glow of Wolverine prowess & slowly digest your meal of Gator tail (I hear it taste like CHICKEN! :), let me just say that except for that game, I trounced you in the picks Mon & Tues! 9-4. And since we agree on 4 of the 5 remaining games, let me channel a little Chuck Berry - "You can't catch meeeeeee" :) :) But here's the thing, the Fla-Mich game was the ONLY game of all 32 that I really cared about. Move over Tom D, I feel some tears comin' on....

susie b

Ok, so I've been hangin' with Tom Dooley since about 4:00 yesterday... ("hang down your head sooooo-zie b, hang down your head & cry...."). Y'know, the second I posted that comment on Monday, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach that I jinxed the Gators. I could be to blame!:( I'm SORRY TIMMY! Yep, that's what hubris gets you. I should have known as the last sports thing I was "positive" about was that Chicken could NEVER win the TDF. Yeah, he actually did'nt, but it sure looked like he might have & I would have bet that was impossible! Of course, maaaaaybe Matt was up to his old tricks & flew into Florida for New Year's Day... How exactly WAS the weather in the Sunshine State, Matt? :)

Even picking 9, say it again, NINE winners of the 12 games the last two days barely brought a smile to my frowny face as I sat on the sofa in a shocked stupor. Yes, I was down in the dumps for hours. Until I remembered I hadn't actually bet anybody on the game! Ooooooh-eeeee! Thank goodness all my friends were away or also believed the Gators would win or I would have lost BIG as I was soooooo sure.... I do think the Gators probably fell victim to what happened to Ohio State last year - "everybody" said they would "kill" their opponent & they got complacent. The Buckeyes must be laughin'. At least for six more days... ;)

Congrats Matt as Michigan looked great! If they had played like that all season they could have been playing next Monday! But, uh, while you bask in the glow of Wolverine prowess & slowly digest your meal of Gator tail (I hear it taste like CHICKEN! :), let me just say that except for that game, I trounced you in the picks Mon & Tues! 9-4. And since we agree on 4 of the 5 remaining games, let me channel a little Chuck Berry - "You can't catch meeeeeee" :) :) But here's the thing, the Fla-Mich game was the ONLY game of all 32 that I really cared about. Move over Tom D, I feel some tears comin' on....

Larry

I rear-ended another car this morning on my way to work. I tell you, I knew right then and there that it was going to be a REALLY bad day! The driver got out of the other car, and wouldn't you know it! He was a DWARF!! He looked up at me and said "I am NOT Happy!"

So I said, 'Well, then, which one ARE you?'

And that's how the fight started.

Larry

Questions that must be answered by Susie B in 2008. My friend, your mission, should you choose to accept it:

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp which no decent human being would eat?

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

If the Professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is?

Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that Acme stuff, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

Why is it that when someone tells you that there are over a
billion stars in the universe, you believe them, but if they
tell you there is wet paint somewhere, you have to touch it to make sure?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your ass?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?


susie b

Gosh, I am SO sorry! It kept saying "Bad Gateway" & that my comment didn't post!

And Larry, that's a keeper! I'm SOL (snorting out loud)! When I think about 7 looooong months without your presence here, well, now I'm really bawlin'! :( :(

Larry

And not to forget Camille:

1. Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards.

There are three religious truths:
1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
2. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
3. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at Hooters.

6. If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does
he become disoriented?

7. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland
called Holes?

If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?

Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?

What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?

Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't zigzag?

Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door was not amused.

matt

Ahhh Larry....you are killing me! Those are hilarious!

And Susie, you are so right (if ONLY they had played like that all season!) Dang...thought I thought they were going to lose it...come on..Hart with TWO fumbles? He hadn't had a fumble in OVER 1000 carries...and then TWO in one game, BOTH on the 1 yard line? Man, they would have totally TROUNCED the Gators if not for those! But they pulled it out, and I was smugly happy! (and VERY GLAD I didn't jinx them by saying they WOULD win, like somebody else did! GRIN!!!) It was the only game I watched. They did a pretty darn good job at making T-bow look like just another QB (and btw, the weax in Orlando was sunny and warm). Actually, if I HAD been there, then surely the Wolverines would have lost in spectacular fashion (like Hawaii did...dang, Colt really took a beating!) Best thing going for the mighty Wolverines was me being thousands of miles away. So now I am at 9 and 18 for the bowl games with 5 to go. Oh wait Susie, didn't I tell you that I was picking the LOSERS, not the winners? That would make me 18 and 9! Quite a talent I have here..yes indeed! OK, happy new year to the IA! And yes, it's CYCLING SEASON!! Bring it ON! The teams will be showing up here in Solvang very soon for training! YIPPEE!!!

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