Monday, September 24, 2007

Two Awards + Two Teenagers = One Post!

The ever-thoughtful and oh-so-nice Akelamalu from Everything and Nothing was nice enough to award me with this cool little "splat" award! She gave it to me for being "basically a fantastic wordsmith", which I think means I write too much! Either way I think it's just the sweetest thing ever from the sweetest lady ever!

Speaking of sweetest things ever, I am hideously behind in mentioning this other award that was given to me a long, long time ago by two of my other favorite bloggers - Jean-Luc himself of Captain Picard's Journal and Morgen of It's A Blog Eat Blog World. Thank you ever so much, gentlemen, you both make me smile, too, and I sincerely apologize for the delay in getting this posted!
Amanda has been pestering me to write about the fun she had this past weekend with new friend Cate so on to that next. Being teenage girls they, of course, wanted to have a sleepover so I brought Amanda over to Jason & Amy's later on Saturday evening armed with three types of pizza and all of Amanda's plushie making materials. After pizza consumption and a bit of "Dodge Ball" on the TV, the girls broke out Guitar Hero II where Cate has already progressed up to the medium level and will no doubt be playing at hard before too much longer.

After a rousing discussion about politics and the horrors awaiting us in the 2008 Presidential Election of all things (by the by, Jason does one of the best Bill Clinton impressions ever!), I took my leave and came home to an empty house devoid of all children - something that hasn't happened in a very long time. I'd like to say that I treated myself like I was spending a great night at a lovely Bed & Breakfast but alas, I had to be at work the next morning so it was merely off to bed for me.

Meanwhile, over at Jason & Amy's, the girls went back to playing Guitar Hero II and overdosing on all things MCR & MSI until somewhere around 2:00 in the morning. I'm going to guess that Jason & Amy donned earplugs and retired to their room for the night, which is generally the smart thing to do when teenage girls engage in a sleepover!

One of the other things the girls did was work on a couple of new plushie dolls. Cate is making a new version of the famous JimJamz (who took to the stage with Mindless Self Indulgence in Chicago and Colorado) whom she has named JimZy and who I'm sure is going to be a work of art in felt once he's completed. Amanda, in the meantime, is still working on Steve, Righ?, the plushie she has had under construction for awhile now. She wasn't sure how she was going to do his orange hair but after looking at a Cabbage Patch doll in Cate's room she hit upon an idea and this is what she's come up with so far:

For now, Steve remains pantless but hopefully Amanda will get motivated enough to get him further clothed soon though it sometimes takes her even longer to do things than it takes me, if that's possible!

The girls apparently had a great time this weekend and Amy has mentioned that they'd like to take Amanda to the Big E this coming weekend with them. The Big E is New England's largest fall fair that is held annually in Springfield, Massachusetts and runs for 17 days. I haven't been in years and years myself and though I've been invited to go along I'm weighing my options between a nice quiet day at home or a chance to go eat some of the finest "fair food" around. Mmmm, fried dough and clamcakes ....

That's going to be a hard choice!


  1. Anonymous9:55 PM EDT

    He's coming along quite nicely, the doll that is. :)

    Congrats on your awards.

  2. I'm definitely for the PEACE AND QUIET!!!

  3. I'm with mightymom...I would probably opt for staying home, unless I was feeling unusually energetic.

    Don't care much for crowds...old age I suppose. ;-)

    congratulation on those much-deserved awards!

  4. The odd thing for me is that I lived over twenty years in East Hartford and haven't made it to the Big'E' then or now. Fried dough is great when it is hot, kind of like those Beignets they sell in NOLA and the gulf south (gotta eat them hot with the powdered sugar melting on top). Some year I might, although I wonder if the parking shuttles they use can take a wheelchair...

  5. I've been thinking about going to the Big E one night after work myself-it's only about 25 minutes away from me, so it would be easy. I didn't go last year but did the year before, and you are right-the food is awesome!

    I'm glad Amanda had so much fun-it's nice to have friends like Cate.

  6. Forget fried dough and clam cakes... the best thing at the Big E is the Maine Baked Potato and the LObster Rolls!!!!

  7. The Big E rocks! That's how Mrs. Bulldog & I started our vacation this year - by going there for the day, listening to Trace Adkins that night, then heading down south! The food IS matter what you end up getting. Oh, and some peace & quiet might not be so bad either, hmmmm....! Sorry I can't help you out, there.

  8. Congratulations on you two awards. You well deserved. Looks like Amanda better get some clothes on Steve. Guys can't just run around without pants.

    Hope she has a fantastic time at the Big E. You should meet up with Mags! Have a great day. :)

  9. CONGRATS on the awards, you earned them. I vote for putting your feet up and relaxing.

  10. Congratulations on your well deserved honors. However attractive the Big E might be (unless daughter just totally begs for you to go), a rest from the normal pace of your life might be a great idea. Sometimes you just need to take a vacation for even the happy responsibilities.

  11. You sooooo deserve those awards!

    Put your feet up - you deserve a rest. x

  12. My pleasure to give you the Award Linda. You certainly keep me up to date on musical happenings.

  13. Anonymous4:11 PM EDT

    Love the doll. I see an cottage industry...licensing... and mucho dinero in the future...

    Forget webkins...we got personalized plushies!


  14. cute as pie! and it's commando to boot! ha ha ha ha ha

    smiles, bee

  15. are clamcakes like fried clams plus crab cakes? if so - count me IN!

    BTW - steve would probably get a kick out of being pantless...

    Oh, and didn't I give you that award like in January or something?



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