I'm Be.

This is a blog about my life in Charlotte. I am a wannabe fire eater, compulsive reader, secret artist, beginner gardener, ninjalike organizer, and TERRIBLE speller.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


The TootToot has discovered a new way to adorn herself...fanciness. "Fanciness" can be defined as any number of accessories piled upon her person.

In the past this has included:
Costume Jewelry from her Great Grandmother
Plastic High Heels
Flower glasses
Clip on earrings
Bracelets...lots and lots of bracelets
Big Ol' Fake Rings
Knee Socks with Skirts
Hello Kitty Watch
and the list goes on.
Some days she says "Mama, I need to wear my fanciness." So, off she goes to school looking like this:


On Friday, we went to the Botanical Gardens here in Charlotte. They were having the annual Lights in the Garden and it was beautiful. All the different gardens were lit up and Santa was there for pictures. Our favorite, however, was the band...Charlotte Waites. They are a Medieval/Renaissance group that was performing traditional Christmas tunes. They were wonderful and Nora was so enthralled, she sat there for a good thirty minutes without moving (except to clap at the end of each song). They asked her to come up and ring the jingle bells for a couple of songs...she LOVED it.
Here are a few pictures from the evening...

inside a big red Christmas tree made of lights

the arbor...with lights that look like grape vines

Looking at a toy soldier made of lights

that is a HURDY GURDY!!! I have heard about them for years and had no idea what it looked like

Jingle Bell ringing with the band

Friday, December 11, 2009


As embarrassing as it is, I am finally getting around to posting about the TootToot's birthday.
Which was over a month ago.


Each year we select a theme based on her favorite book of the previous year. This year was SkippyJon Jones. He is a Siamese cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua. It is pretty funny.

We decorated the house like a Mexican Fiesta and, true to the story, had lots of beans. Black beans, refried, jelly, french...and the list goes on. We had a taco bar and for dessert, I made a cake to look like a sombrero. Ole!

Nora received some wonderful gifts, but the big hit was the pick Jeep from her grandparents. If this is any indication of her driving style later in life SHE WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO GET A LICENCE!

As a favor, everyone got to take home a homemade chocolate bandito mustache lolly. We had a ton of fun posing for pictures with those.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Halloween 2009 was great. We had our annual Dead Person Ball and the costumes were AMAZING!

The Colorado Ball Fiasco and Tim and I dressed as Dorothy and Sophia from "Golden Girls".

Two Janis Joplins and an Octoberfest/ vampire couple.

Billy Mayes...complete with OxyClean.

Don Ho...

The food....

Bob Ross, painting his "happy little trees, and the spider lady.

Red Riding hood, the Wolf and Minnie Mouse....Sacajawea and Kangaroo (aka Nora)

Mary (I can't find my picture of her with Jesus)

Nora singing Karaoke (she kicked butt on Queen's "We Will Rock You". I am serious.)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Seattle II.

More Pictures....

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I know I will need to write about the trip....but I am tired. So, for now, all I will say is it was awesome. I loved seeing the family, especially my thither.
And now for some pictures:

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I am a sucky blogger.

I had such aspirations at the onset....

I wanted to be the first blogger to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

I wanted to have movies based on my witty and touching blogs. I figured Angelina Jolie could play me.

I wanted my blog to bring sound to the deaf and sight to the blind.

Instead, on the RARE occasion I do blog, you are subjected to veiled poop references and restaurant reviews.

Eh. C'est la vie.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


I am a francophile. I always have been. I love the french language, french cooking, french toast, french anything. So, when I found out about the new french bakery in town I was a little excited (truth be told I jumped up and down.) Beau and I made it up there a few weeks back and sampled some of their pastries, which were DELICIOUS, but I fell in love again this past week when I ate lunch there.

Suz and I had a BFF day (more on that later) and I convinced her we should eat at Amelie's, not that it took that much convincing. :)

When you first step into the building, you can't help but immediately press your nose up against the two glass cases full of the most beautiful pastries, macaroons and mini cakes.

Once you stop salivating like Pavlov's dogs, you notice the menu with wonderful things like fresh soups, salads and tartines. Do not be afraid of the french word "tartine"...it is the equivalent of an open sandwich.

Both Suz and I settled on a tartine and a cup of the tomato and crab soup. I ordered the portobello and leek tartine (below), while she had the ham and Gruyere.
Although we were mid sentence when they placed our food in front of us, we didn't speak another syllable until our plates were clean. IT WAS THAT GOOD! I swear, my mouth is watering just thinking about that meal.


Sorry, let me get back to the story.
The soup was wonderful and full of unexpected touches. Crab in tomato soup is a bit unusual by itself, but they combined it with lemon zest and capers. The zest added a real brightness and the capers were briny and very well matched with the rest of the soup.

We, of course, also got some sweet treats to-go that were so good we almost got into multiple accidents while Suz tried to shift her car AND eat.

Aside from the wonderfully classic yet creative food, the decor in Amelie's is worth seeing. I suppose it is best described as Parisian Flea Market. Lots of fabulous re-purposed stuff. And, for any of you cooks/bakers out there, you will lust after the main chandelier. It is a collection of stainless steel utensils and totally amazing.

So, moral of the story?
GO! GO NOW...especially since they are open 24x7. Yes, ALL DAY EVERY DAY! Hooray!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Okay, here it is. This is what happens when I pick up a sample of paint and don't have TV to distract me.
What do you think? Seriously, I can take it. Is it weird?
(we are planning on tiling the slate to look a bit darker. The gray isn't working for us)

Sunday, September 20, 2009


After a year of talking about it, we finally did it. We cancelled the cable. It was scary.
I had lived without TV for a year or so back in 2003. Well, almost without TV. The PBS station came in just fine...most of the time. I actually liked the lack of TV because it forced me to do other things.
Beau and I have been debating about cancelling for well over a year. It was costing us over $80 a month and we knew we were wasting HOURS a day watching crap. Despite these two very valid reasons, we were still hesitant to do anything. I swear it felt like taking the training wheels off a bike! What if we couldn't find anything to do? What if Nonie cried all the time because she couldn't watch Dora? What is something cataclysmic happened and we didn't k now about it because we DIDN'T HAVE TV?

Then logic kicked in...
We ALWAYS have things to do. Painting, knitting, woodworking, cleaning, reading. The list goes on forever.
Nonie has DVDs and an entire room of toys. I am sure we can find something to entertain her.
We don't' watch the news. Both of us get all our information form the Internet.

So we did it.

And we LOVE it.

We are getting so much done around the house. things that we have been putting off for years. Surprisingly, the other thing that has happened is that Nonie is so much more focused and less whiny. It might be the age/developmental stage she is in, but there is a noticeable difference.

Who would have guessed?