It just dawned on me that I haven't posted about the pets that have recently taken over our house. Since September, we have been joined by a French Bulldog puppy named Benjamin, plus two more recent additions, guinea pigs Cinnamon and Flash. See our little cuties . . .
Here's Benjamin, with ever the guilty look on his face:
And Ronin with his baby Cinnamon:
Last but not least, Rylie with HER baby, Flash:
All of our babies require quite a bit of work, what with housebreaking and cage cleaning and keeping them fed, watered, and exercised, but we just adore having them! Watching the kids snuggle their guinea pigs, seeing the delight in their faces when the little piggies burrow into the corners of their elbows, hearing the happy chirping they make when they feel safe and cozy (the pigs, not the children) make all the work well worthwhile.
I've long said that I couldn't live without pets, myself, but I am so glad to see that my own babies are starting to feel the same way!
When I was in high school, I was offered the opportunity to visit England with a group of classmates, staying for two weeks to live with a family there, attend school, and sight-see. It was a wonderful experience, and I long to go back again some day.
Now, when I think about traveling to the United Kingdom, I think about visiting London most of all. Of course, I would also want to take my children to visit Oxford and Cambridge, and to see some of the rural areas (we might need a couple of weeks to accomplish this!), but London is the first thing to come to mind.
Perhaps that's because one of my favorite memories from my high school trip is of being set free of our teachers and guides so that we could go shopping, have a nice meal in a London restaurant (we chose Beefeaters), and feel truly independent. We even ordered wine with our supper!
Check out the group of us, enjoying our visit (though we weren't in London in this pic):
Most of the time, when I want to read something that will make me laugh, I click over to Failblog, Lamebook, or DamnYouAutoCorrect -- all three of those blogs never fail to make me laugh until there are tears streaming down my face. Lately, though, my kids have been really into telling jokes, actual, say-them-out-loud jokes.
Sadly, I only know one joke myself . . . the one about the three little pigs, out to dinner, and the one little pig who ordered only water. If you don't know it, feel free to comment and I'll tell you. I have to say, it is a funny one, though it might just make you groan a little.
However, one joke doesn't get me very far with the kids, and if I can't think of any others, they start to come up with their own -- and let's just say that I don't appear to be raising the next generation of George Carlins and Eddie Izzards. These kids, they just can't write good comedy. Recently, I've turned to the internet to try to help them out, and fortunately, I was able to find some really funny joke sites.
If you're in the mood to laugh at some clever jokes -- instead of looking at the pages I mention above, which mostly highlight other peoples' failures in one way or another -- check out BoringJokes.com. You won't be bored at all!
I am really not sure what I think about ghosts. I generally consider myself to be a non-believer, as I am with deities and religion, but I can also admit that I really don't want to believe that spirits exist. Supernatural-themed horror movies and such freak me out a good deal, way more than slasher movies and blood and gore. Give me Saw over The Ring any day -- at least I'll be able to sleep at night.
That said, I have quite a few friends who definitely believe in the paranormal and who have had their own experiences with ghosts and spirits. One friend even works as a psychic and a healer; she gets paid to get rid of ghosts from peoples' haunted homes, and she has some pretty believable stories from her work.
Recently, my mom's friend has been having trouble with a ghost in her home. It keeps her daughter up at night, and they have seen some very strange things happening around the house. What they really need is a Paranormal Research Team to come in and evaluate their situation. Maybe they would see that they had nothing to fear -- and maybe the child in the house would be comfortable enough to move back into her own bedroom, instead of sleeping with her mom!