Â Â Â Â Time to scrub the house clean...company is coming!Â My sister-in-law is headed over from Detroit for the weekend.Â Probably hit Olbrich Gardens and Ian's Pizza for sure.Â Can't go wrong with a "colorama" tour of where the foliage is finest either.Â Any other suggestions?
Â Â Â Â Then, next week, my mom is coming up from Florida!Â She planned this trip around the two days off school Sam has (the 28th/29th).Â Wants to spend as much time as humanely possible with her only grandchild.Â Oh, and me--her only child.Â She always throws that in at the last second--hahaha!!Â Â Can't wait!
Â Fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars and the pyrotechnics of their elaborate live performances aside, KISS has sold over 19 million records in the States (and over 80 million worldwide).Â With their trademark face paint and stage outfits, everyone knows KISS.Â They rock and roll all night AND party every day.Â Isn't that the essence of rock and roll???Â Seriously, they've been eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1999--what are the music industry peeps who get a vote in this thing waiting for?Â Who are the Moonglows (inducted in 2000) anyway?Â Gene Pitney?Â Lloyd Price?Â I digress...
Â Â Â Â KISS should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Â Period.
Â Â Â Â Also known as..."The Day I Shopped Alone".Â My son is back in class by now and I am excited.Â I am excited for his new year, I'm excited he gets to see friends he's missed over the summer.Â But most of all, I am excited I get to grocery shop by myself.Â He's actually a great kid in stores, always has been.Â Not too much begging, no fits that I can remember (so they must have been tiny if they happened at all, right?).Â But he doesn't exactly enjoy grocery shopping either.Â Over the summer, we'd have to hurry and shop the list only.Â
Â Â Â Â Today, I will saunter up and down each and every aisle.Â I will check nutritional information; I will compare ingredients!Â I will whip out my handy purse calculator to, um, calculate things.Â More than likely, I will buy chocolate chips to make the cookies my son loves so he has a warm batch waiting for him after school.
Â Â Â Â Not just one person, not even two people but three lucky individuals will grab free groceries tomorrow!Â I am going to be at the grand opening of Associated Bank in the new Copps (Main St) in SunPrairie from 10am until Noon.Â You'll sign up for the Grocery Grand Prize--$500 at Copps, first prize is $200 in free groceries and second prize comes in at a still sweet $100 Copps card.Â Also, Bucky Badger joins us from 11a until Noon.Â Hope to see you tomorrow!
Â Â Â Â My son Sam stayed in Michigan after the family reunion, to "visit with his cousins".Â He went to the Detroit Zoo yesterday with cousins Alex and Matty and he really got a kick out of the kangaroos.Â Saw a joey and everything.Â Today Sam is either playing with cousins Cameron and Caitlyn or swimming with cousins Emma, Mary and Izzy.Â More than likely, he'll do both.Â He's probably too busy to even think about missing his poor ol' mother.
Â Â Â Â But his poor ol' mother is certainly missing him!Â He's coming home tomorrow, on the Lake Michigan ferry no less, and my sister-in-law is then staying with us for a few days too.Â I plan on scooping him up and smooching him silly.Â I love that kid!
Â Â Â Â My familyÂ went toÂ the State Fair Saturday--Sam loved riding the swing chair ride and the big giant slide.Â He also finally got to see a cow, up close and probably too personal, as the cow in question chose that particular moment to well, you know (which, apparently, is a hoot for the 7 year old set).Â My husband loved his spiral cutÂ potatoes and me, well, I just went for the milk.Â Had the root beerÂ and the cherry vanilla--lip smacking good!Â Â
Â Â Â Â Then we hear on the news that the mayor of Milwaukee got beat with a pipe at the Fair that same day.Â He interrupted a domestic situation, calledÂ 9-1-1 and was attacked for his trouble.Â
Â Â Â Â What to say and what NOT to say to my second grader...I simply left out everything but the musical impact Michael Jackson made on the world.Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Sam knew something was up when I turned on the TV in addition to the radio yesterday.Â I just said that a very famous musician had died and thatÂ people around the world would be mourning his loss.Â I told him about Michael as a boy in the Jackson 5 andÂ Michael as a young man on MTV.Â I told him that Michael was older than his dad and that he had a cardiacÂ arrest and doctors couldn't save his life but that theyÂ tried.Â Â
Â Â Â Â I didn't tell him about the weirdness, the strangeness surrounding Michael Jackson.Â I also didn't mention the fact he wasÂ acquittedÂ of crimes that lots of people still think he's guilty of (much less what the accusations actually were).
Â Â Â Â My son was satisfied with our talk about Michael Jackson and he went on to play with his Spiderman toys.Â I kept listening toÂ Michael Jackson's music long into the night.