Feb 2006

Nighttime Snow

There is something magical about going to bed when the first flakes start flying. You’re all cozy in bed, snuggled up with a book… dreamily watching the white stuff coming down in that eery nighttime way – where you can only really see it through the street lamp light, but you can just feel it swirling all around your house.

Oh, who am I kidding? – I am sure it’s more to do with the residual excitement from childhood about the possibility of having the day off tomorrow.

But alas, the snow is not deep enough this morning to cancel anything… but just enough to make for a slick and slippery commute. Whoop-dee-doo for Mother Nature.

UPDATE: I know it’s been an absolute Bryan Lovefest this week – but watching him sneakily shovel the little old lady’s driveway across the street makes my heart go thump thump.

Feb 2006

Mall Fruit

We often go to the mall to play on the oversized breakfast foods. Declan calls them simply “The Mall Fruit,” but there are also waffles, eggs, sausage and bacon. This little slice of heaven is heavily padded and a place for kids to run around like maniacs and burn off more energy than the Exxon Valdez.

What is interesting to me, every time we go, I notice what a microcosm The Mall Fruit is for High School. There are the jocks, the prom queens, the leaders, the followers, the geeks, the punks… And even a few juvenile delinquents. Generally my son falls into the geek territory. Not that that is a bad thing. My husband was, and is, a total geek, but is a fabulous (and wicked smart) person. But my heart aches as Declan looks on, wants to join in, but just doesn’t quite now how to do it (and I definitely know how he feels).



Nov 2005

Wind Power

A friend who joined us for trick-or-treating was asking me if we were happy with Windsource, Colorado’s wind energy program. Can you say HELL YEAH!? This program allows you to sign up (and pay a little extra) for energy generated at Northern Colorado wind farms (if you have ever been up there, you know there is a butt-load of wind up there.) Apparently, Colorado has the largest volunteer program of this kind in the country. Proving that we are not as red state as some may believe. All I know is, it makes me blissfully happy to know that 100% of my electricity comes from a renewable source. (shhh… don’t tell anyone it really doesn’t cost that much).