Archive | November, 2007

Stupid Quiz

30 Nov

What type of Fae are you?


Stupid Quiz Friday

30 Nov

Well, I’d better get this one right. I guarantee you that my 5th graders would mostly get it wrong. Sigh. I try!

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.
It’s pretty obvious that you don’t make basic grammatical errors.If anything, you’re annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.

As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they’re only human.

And it’s humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.

The It’s Its There Their They’re Quiz

Stupid Quiz

30 Nov

Your results:
You are Superman

Wonder Woman
Iron Man
Green Lantern
The Flash
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Stupid Name Generator

30 Nov

My Grinch name, it turns out, is

Woefulmiser Rottenhead.

Thanksgiving Trip, Report 2

29 Nov

Thanksgiving Trip, Report 2 Friday, we headed off to Virginia City, NV for explorations and shopping.  Virginia City is one of the fun little mining towns in the Eastern Sierra that often end up ghost towns but this one didn’t.  It is charming and commercial but not horrifically tacky — or maybe I was in a mood to overlook tacky.  The buildings are fantastic.  It was coooooooold there but sunny and fun.  We did some funky museums.  We went into the Bucket of Blood saloon — but didn’t buy anything — the food didn’t look great and it’s cozy for hanging out with kids.  We shopped — got a few Christmas items out of the way!

When we got back to my mom’s house in Carson City, things were weird and unpleasant with all sorts of family issues.  I won’t go into details except to say that it was horribly stressful and hard on everyone.  We did go out to a great dinner that night at a local BBQ place and then went to see the local production of The Nutcracker.  It is put on by a dance studio in Carson City and they bring in professionals to dance the major roles.  The performance was wonderful — nicely danced, the kids were fantastic, and the 11 year old who danced Clara stole the show.

Friday, we had a huge breakfast with my mom and then we headed off to our next destination.  A cabin in Arnold, CA at around 7000 feet.  Since the weather has been great and there was no snow to be found, we headed off over Ebbett’s Pass.  We stopped at the Markleeville General Store for road trip food (cokes and cheetos — we already had great beef jerky from a smoker in Virginia City).  The Markleeville General Store was where I got those great Goldfinch pictures I posted earlier!  Then we kept driving.  We stopped a couple of times to let the kids and dogs get their ya-yas out.  Throwing stones at frozen lakes was a huge bit of fun!

When we got to Arnold, we found the cabin with no problem.  The cabin belongs to Bob, my sister-in-law’s boyfriend.  Greg’s mom was there and all the cousins.  We ate and played games and lazed around.  It was delightful.  The kids and dogs ran wild. Gage became a wild boy with a stick for a gun and dirt all over is face.  And, then we drove home.  It was a great trip — mostly — and it was really nice to be home.

Wordless Wednesday — Pelagic Cormorant

28 Nov


Pelagic Cormorant

I won one!

27 Nov

I can’t quite believe it. I still think it might be a hoax. I am clearly, without a doubt, the luckiest birdy blogger on the planet. Mike at 10,000 birds emailed to let me know that I am a winner! I won a copy of Bird, The Definitive Visual Guide for my report on my favorite birding locale — Elkhorn Slough. It’s not enough that he referred to me as a ‘great birding blogger’ but then I win too! I’m floored and so thrilled. That book looks utterly delicious! I can’t wait to get it. Huge thanks to Mike and the rest of the 10,000 Birds team — you put out a fabulous blog with a powerful message, with warm hearts, with loads of fantastic birds, with an amazing carnival (i and the bird) and with phenomenal PRIZES, too!

If you want to buy this book, click above. The proceeds will go to 10,000 Birds!

Ruby Tuesday — Ruby, Intrepid Mountain Dog

26 Nov

Ruby's Thanksgiving TripYou really can’t imagine how much Ruby enjoyed our Thanksgiving trip. First of all, it was the first long drive she’d been on with us. The drive up to Carson City took about 5-1/2 hours. She did fantastically well. She slept on Ruthie’s pillow the entire time, didn’t steal food from the kids, did her business wherever we asked her to, and got along with my parent’s dog to boot! Greg and I have always known that we wanted to travel with kids and dogs — we just didn’t know that the dog would be a 12 lb Rat Terrier rather than a 80 lb Labrador Retriever.

We learned a lot about Ruby on this trip.  For one thing, she does not think much of equines — even Formerly Wild Mustangs.  For another thing, she absolutely loves to hike — she finds it free and fun and fast and fabulous and fantastic.  She is giddy when hiking.  She gets along with Ushki, my parents’ grumpy old corgi.  He might be grumpy because his name means “little ears” in Russian. Since his ears are patently NOT little, it’s possible that his grumpiness results from supreme irritation.  She did great with him and there was only one incident — over a pink, curly hedgehog.  And, let’s be honest, what dogs wouldn’t bicker of a pink, curly hedgehog?  I mean, come on!

Ruby thinks that we should travel and hike more often.  She liked every part of it.  She loved driving in the car.  She curled up on a lap or a pillow for the entire trip.   She was great about eating and drinking in strange places. She was great about going to the bathroom in odd parking lots along the way.  She didn’t steal the kids’ food.  She doesn’t growl and protect the car in an obnoxious fashion.  She loads up as soon as she thinks there is stuff going in the car — no chance of leaving this dog behind!  🙂

She handled the cold well. She’s got next to no coat at all.  She shivers in our house, regularly.  But, she managed just fine in 10 degrees for potty trips and hiking when it was between 30 and 50 degrees (shade vs sun).   We need to find her a nice coat for cold days — I think she’d like that alot!

She is the consummate traveling dog but she did find that being home was pretty nice too.

Without the sun

26 Nov

The sun slipped behind
Fingers pointing at the sky
Cold in the shadow

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26 Nov

We carried them down
Picked each one with care
A rock collection

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All content written by Liza Lee Miller unless otherwise noted.
© 2007, Liza Lee Miller. Creative Commons License