Wednesday, January 31, 2007

By Wagon, By Bus, By Air?


During our trip to Boise, we had the pleasure of stopping off near the outskirts of Rupert, Idaho (nice place to visit, wouldn't want to live there--EVER). Although Sean was very tempted to hitch a ride on this lovely little covered wagon number (above), Christian was gunning for this Partridge Family wannabe (below). But alas! In the end, these poor boys had to finally settle for a boring ol' plane ride home in their very kind uncle's spiffy private plane, causing them to beat their parents home by several hours. It's a tough life, isn't it?


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tuesday Trivia Answers

How did you do with last weeks questions? For those of you who are playing along, here are the answers:

1. The most famous portrait of whom was first titled "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?" when it debuted on a "Leslie's Weekly" magazine cover in July 1916? That would be good old Uncle Sam.

2. The human - and canine - names of the Shaggy D.A. were…? Willby Daniels/Elwood (woof!).

3. What is the world's first palindrome? Think now, you can get this one . . . the world's first female also claims the first palindromic(?) name: Eve.

Friday, January 26, 2007

One Amazing Woman!


In honor of Mom on her 89th birthday (January 28) I am publishing this photograph which was taken about four weeks ago. She is unbelievable, isn't she? Sean said that when she jumped into his arms for the photograph, she actually "jumped" into his arms. What a gal. Her accomplishments far exceed anything I have ever accomplished in my life--and she's still going strong!!! I have always looked to her for my role model in my life, and I always will. I LOVE YOU MOM!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tuesday Trivia!

Well, the results are in and two of you partially answered last week's questions correctly. Congratulations to Sean and Ashley! So are you ready for the answers to last week's questions?

1. What would you find between the carapace and the plastron? Unless it's dead, a turtle or tortoise. (The carapace and the plastron are the two halves of a terrapin's shell.)

2. What unusual physical feature did Odin, in Norse myth, share with Polyphemus and the Graeae in Greek myth? They were the Peter Falks of European myth: only one eye apiece.

3. What unusual distinction is shared by these pop songs? The Band's "The Weight," the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," the Carpenters' "Close to You," the Eagles' "Hotel California," Gary Lewis and the Playboys' "This Diamond Ring," Genesis's "Invisible Touch," the Romantics' "What I Like About You," and Yo La Tengo's "Little Eyes." Each song features lead vocals by the drummer of the band in question, so to that I say, go Christian go!

Thanks to all who participated. Are you ready for more? These may be a little easier than last week's questions . . . you be the judge.

1. The most famous portrait of whom was first titled "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?" when it debuted on a "Leslie's Weekly" magazine cover in July 1916?

2. The human - and canine - names of the Shaggy D.A. were…?

3. What is the world's first palindrome?

Monday, January 22, 2007

Da Bears!

So the Chicago Bears made it into the Super Bowl! During our 16 years in Illinois we saw the good, the bad and the ugly Chicago Bears. I, for one, am excited that they are back on top despite not having Mike Ditka busting a vein as he lets loose a string of @*^%&$*@# at the refs every other play. Man, that guy was definitely high-strung! (Great quote of Mike Ditka's: "Sucess isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal.")

Do I have anyone willing to make a prediction on the outcome of the game? Anyone? Anyone?
I'm going to say . . . Bears 28/Colts 16. (Is it possible to score 16 in football?) Come on, make a prediction--I'm making Chex Treats for the person who makes the closest prediction!!! Bring it on!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

For Your Consideration

I would like to recommend a great movie: "Stranger Than Fiction" starring Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson. Everyone who saw the movie with me gives it a thumbs up! Will Ferrell does a great job of playing his part with sincerity and without sarcasm; Emma Thompson manages to be likable and yet a little offputting at the same time. The movie is a bit stark, but gives a lot of food for thought. YYY(out of four)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Tuesday Trivia!

Courtesy of Ken Jennings of "Jeopardy!" fame, test your knowledge of useless but somewhat interesting facts with these questions. Write in if you know the answer! I might even come up with some prizes for you little brainiacs who get all three correct:) Oh, and I'm selecting some of the easier questions to get us started. (The answers will be revealed next Tuesday.)

1. What would you find between the carapace and the plastron?

2. What unusual physical feature did Odin, in Norse myth, share with Polyphemus and the Graeae in Greek myth?

3. What unusual distinction is shared by these pop songs? The Band's "The Weight," the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," the Carpenters' "Close to You," the Eagles' "Hotel California," Gary Lewis and the Playboys' "This Diamond Ring," Genesis's "Invisible Touch," the Romantics' "What I Like About You," and Yo La Tengo's "Little Eyes."

Monday, January 15, 2007

I'm So Hungry I Could Eat a . . .

While most of us went through our eating the school paste stage in kindergarten, Sean seems to have stumbled across a variation of that with the new taste sensation that is sweeping the nation! Mmmmmmmmm, creamy, refreshing, just the right amount of adhesive to make it a wonderful "stick to your ribs" kinda meal.

Friday, January 12, 2007

New Jammies


Christmas Eve brought the traditional new jammies to the Sagers children. Just when Sean and Christian thought they were far removed from the days of their mom dressing them in matching outfits (horrors!), lo and behold, they are twiners once again! Actually, it is worse than that because Jordan received the same jammie top as well. Triplets!!! Sorry guys. It's just so darned cute. Ashley escaped from the matchy/matchy trap and received her own cute-as-a-button brown and pink pair of pj's.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

One thing I can't stand is the noise, noise, noise, noise!


Narrator: All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not. The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season. Oh, please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or maybe his head wasn't screwed on just right. But I think that the best reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
Cindy Lou Who: Santie Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree, why? Narrator: But do you know, the Grinch was so smart and so slick, that he thought up a lie and he thought it up quick. Grinch: Why my sweet little tot, Narrator: - -the fake Santie Claus lied -... Grinch: ...there's a light on this tree that won't light on one side. So I'm taking it home to my work shop, my dear. I'll fix it up there, then I'll bring it back here. Narrator: And his fib fooled the child. So he patted her head, he gave her a drink and he sent her to bed. And when Cindy Lou Who was in bed with her cup, he crupt to the chimney and stuffed the tree up. Then he went up the chimney himself, the old liar, and the last thing he took was the log for their fire.
(Personally, I think mean ol' Mr. Grinch (above) looks suspiciously a lot like Jack Nicholson playing the Joker in "Batman". Who knows, maybe they are the same people, just like Michael and Janet Jackson. Are those two really separate people?)

Friday, January 05, 2007

Behind the Scenes




Above and following is a behind the scenes look at the construction of the lovely Hansel and Gretel Subdivision created by Sagers & Company Real Estate, Ltd. A deliberate effort by the Utah-based company is being made to ensure the subdivision remains fairytale-friendly, and a spokesman stated that cynics and non-believers are definitely not welcome here!











Wednesday, January 03, 2007

White Elephant Gamers Score! ( . . .well sort of . . .)

At the New Year's Day gala, everyone had a great time while playing the ever dicey White Elephant Game. Some made out like bandits--others were not so lucky and went home with a gift(?) which I'm sure will turn up at next year's white elephant game. All of the players were good sports about it all, and no out-and-out sobbing was heard.