Can you believe it’s already the last week of April?  I had to do a double-take at the calendar myself.  That also means there are only 6 more weeks of school left for Princess Nagger.   I better start plotting anti-boredom activities now so I’m prepared.  For some reason she doesn’t seem to think that picking up her toys or cleaning her room is a good cure for a bored 7 year old.

Mother Nature has been hammering us the past couple of days with thunder and lightning storms.  Hopefully her promise of a bright and sunny (but not hot) day today will come to fruition – we could use some drying out so we can finally mow the grass and pull the weeds that have been flourishing with all the wet weather we’ve had lately.  I could also use a break from the muddy paws.

Speaking of muddy paws, at least the terminal laundromat visits are finally coming to an end as of Saturday.  Our new washer is being delivered!  And we decided not to go with Sears this time.  My parents have been Sears customers forever, and even they have become disenchanted with the lack of quality (and customer service) that Sears has shown in recent years.  So we decided this time we’re getting our washer from Home Depot.

Not only did they have a great deal going on for that exact washer the day before Tax Day, but they had helpful, friendly customer service people and they will deliver – and install – for free.  Sears wanted to charge $75.00 for delivery – not sure if that included installation as well.  Next week you’ll get to see pictures of the major event this Saturday.  Are you as excited as I am?

Actually, it could be a comedy of errors since the new washer will have to be finagled up the stairs to the second floor, and the old washer will have to come down those same steps.  Princess Nagger and I may bail on that whole fun event by going to a book signing an hour-and-a-half away so the hubby can handle the chaos and I don’t have to be a witness to anything that might go wrong.   I figure that’s only fair since I’m the one that had to lug the laundry back and forth to the laundromat all this time.

When Princess Nagger got home from school on Friday, she was lamenting that she didn’t earn enough in the ‘Buck a Book’ fundraiser she participated in earlier in the year.  That’s mine and hubby’s fault – we didn’t have the hubby take it to work and sucker coerce talk his co-workers into sponsoring Princess Nagger’s reading for a week.  Apparently she was hoping to make enough in that fundraiser to win an iPod.  Instead, all she got was a baseball cap and a free Mighty Kids Meal coupon (I guess it’s better than one of those ‘All I got was this lousy T-Shirt’ shirts).

I cheered her up by telling her she could have my old MP3 player that I wasn’t using anymore.  It’s not an iPod, but it works perfectly fine.  So then I had to spend an inordinate amount of time over the weekend hunting the charger cord, the earbuds and then search online for dinosaur songs.  Specifically “The Lone Dinosaur” from the Land Before Time (pretty sure it’s from the fifth one – I didn’t realize they had about a hundred of those made!  Well, OK, more like twelve or twenty.  But still.)

I could only find the songs she was requesting on YouTube, but lucked out by finding the MP3 version of her favorite to add to her “iPod” (notice it’s in quotes – I keep using air quotes every time I refer to her “iPod”.)   Hubby and I had a flash forward to our future  when Princess Nagger got on the bus yesterday morning with the earbuds firmly in her ears and her concentration focused on listening instead of the usual interaction while waiting for the bus.  Where’s that ‘pause’ button?!

Remember how I forgot all about Picture Day at the beginning of the school year?  I get a ‘do-over’.  They’re having another one next week.  Here’s hoping I don’t forget that one.  Must try to avert my eyes from all things shiny that will distract me.  Wait…what’s that sparkling over yonder?

Here’s this week’s shot of the pond.  Sorry I forgot to take it on Sunday in the rain, so I took it last night  in the rain as it was getting dark (which explains the grainy mode – but if you click on it you can make out the goldfish hovering near the surface):

And look!  The voles didn’t eat a solitary Iris just outside the Summer House:

Yes, it was dark-ish and rainy when I took this picture, too.  I was a slacker in the photographing department this past week what with all the dinosaur searching that went on.  And because this song is stuck in my head, I’m passing it along to you via this video.  Of course you don’t have to watch the video, but you don’t want me to suffer all alone, do you?

That’s it for me this week – head over and visit Keely at The Un-Mom for some fun randomness and get your own Random on!


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  1. I can identify with the thunderstorms, we had a huge one yesterday. Whenever we had thunderstorms when I was a kid my mother used to say to me “The angels are bowling again!” I say that every time a thunderstorm hits.
    .-= Jill C. would like you to read ..Memory Lane =-.

  2. The pond looks beautiful!
    My son used to call those movies “The Land of Four Times”. Ah, sweet memories!
    I hate how people walk around with earbuds in their ears, oblivious to their surroundings, it drives me insane! My co-workers do it – yes, while working! – and I start talking to them and then realize they’re not hearing a word I’m saying. Grrr!

  3. Laundry mats rank right up there with smelly old men who spit chew…..and dribble. (shudder) I remember chasing two of my sons around when they were 2 & 3 and threatening to “lock them in the drier!” only to look up and see horrified expressions on faces around the room… Yeah, had to switch to laundry-o-rama.

    Congrats on the washer….and the pond!
    .-= Chantel would like you to read ..The Murder of Quiet =-.

  4. Wow your pond area has grown up. Jealous of the washer, it is pretty. (Not what you want to hear about a washer, eh?)Your just recycling and sharing wiht PN with the IPOD/MP3, good job(wink)!
    .-= Laufa would like you to read ..RTT:It’s All Ipitibub! =-.

  5. I didn’t even need to hear “Lone Dinosaur” to get that song stuck in my head. I just had to read it. LOL! I can’t even count the number of times my daughter used to watch all these movies over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and well, you know!
    I even had to find a bunch of the stuffed dinosaurs on ebay. That was fun and expensive.
    .-= Elle would like you to read ..Slap Some Frosting on it & They’ll Eat Anything! =-.

  6. So happy for you on getting your washing machine. I am doing laundry as I type. So much easier to do laundry in the house!
    .-= Suzicate would like you to read ..Spy Rock =-.

  7. Well hello there stranger! Now, if you think I’m going to subject myself to a crappy dinosaur song this early in the morning you are sadly mistaken!

    But, I did thoroughly enjoy the picture of the pond and I can’t wait to see your bright shiny new washer installed upstairs! And yeah, leave the house for that.

    Justine 😮 )

  8. Girlfriend, I am making you listen to the dinosaur song all alone. Maybe you can play it for me when you come to NYC. My 7 year old is not interested in an MP3 player at all. My older daughter loves hers but since she is a preteen, she is all about the music. I am waiting as long as possible for the little one to get into the MP3 player.
    .-= Anne would like you to read ..Owwwwww… =-.

  9. I don’t see how you could possibly continue to do business with Sears. That is one of the poorest customer service stories ever. You deserve the whole day off and when you get home Saturday evening all the clothes should be done in the new washer. I am really glad you don’t have to lug the clothes back and forth to the laundromat any longer. I received your package in the mail yesterday. Thank you for the Rainbow Brite, it will come in handy when my family visit. And the gift certificate. How nice of you. I looked online and was wondering what ideas you would have for a small basket for my mom for her 89th birthday in July.
    .-= Technobabe would like you to read ..The First Mow Of The Year =-.

  10. It’s been raining over here as well, but at least it’s not that cold. I actually enjoy spring rain and lighting as long as I don’t have to go nowhere.

    We got new appliances last year and we chose Home Dept b/f Sears this time as well. I agree Sears went down hill.

    Love the picture of your pond. it looks so beautiful.
    .-= Bibi would like you to read ..Looking At His Laundry He Just Might Be a Superhero =-.

  11. If I told you what Sears did to my aging parents, you wouldn’t believe me.. I sold steel for many years, and a lot of people don’t know there are sometimes 3 or 4 brands being made in one factory..

  12. Your pond is really quite beautiful and the iris is too. I’m so glad you’re finally going to be able to do the laundry at home again, and you’re very smart to spend the day far, far from home as it’s being installed.

    My kids never did well in their fundraisers. I hated having to push that overpriced crap on people!
    .-= blueviolet would like you to read ..When You Have to Shave Your Big Toes, BE CAREFUL! =-.

  13. The pond looks so pretty!

    I tend to prefer to make myself absent whenever something big and heavy is being moved in my house. I think my husband prefers it too so he doesn’t have to listen to my anxious questions and concerns all day long! 🙂
    .-= Teri would like you to read ..wordless wednesday =-.

  14. It keeps looking like it’s going to Thunderstorm here and then it gets bright. It’s been doing that all day. Kudos to you on Home Depot. When we redid our kitchen I got my new stove, hood range and fridge from Home Depot. Great customer service. Sears just didn’t see like the right place and the appliance stores were just too agressive.

  15. I hear ya on the washer. I hate going to the laundromat. I would rather wash my clothes in the tub. Which I have done. Not easy, but I really hate the laundromat. And I’m sorry, I couldn’t suffer with you on the song. I have listened to many a Land Before Time song, and thank you, but I’ve had enough.
    .-= Yankee would like you to read ..The Never Ending Story =-.

  16. Did you put on “We are the dinosaurs” by Laurie Berkner? LG loves that song!

    Maybe you and PN can do what my niece had to do for her “spring break” project. She had to make a list of 10 things she’d like to do (a short trip, or a project), then do the research into how long it would take, what the cost would be (either admission or supplies). My SIL helped with the cost part (and let her know when something was just too expensive!) Now when summer comes, she can dig out her list and do some of the things on it!
    .-= Mama Badger would like you to read ..Random Tuesday Thoughts- Blogaversary =-.

  17. I think the do-over will be great. She will actually look like herself because they change so much during the year! I have an MP3 and I love it! Hooray for the new washer.
    .-= Debby would like you to read ..MY BLOG IS CARBON NEUTRAL =-.

  18. We switched to Home Depot and couldn’t be more pleased with the appliances we bought there! Their service department is on the ball.

    This is just an idea to entertain Princess Nagger this summer since she is seven. Have a Fancy Nancy girl’s get together. I am teaching a summer camp with that title and I am going to let the girls dress up, make a jewelry box, have a tea…you name it.

    Have a great week. I love your blog.

  19. Hooray for a new washer! I would totally hate going to the laundromat… I did it in college a couple of times and did not enjoy it at all!

  20. New appliances are extremely exciting! I went into Home Depot the other day with wife and baby twins. I hadn’t been there since I finished building an addition on the house, before which I had been there about 4 times a week for a year. I knew everybody there. Got kinda choked up.
    .-= beta dad would like you to read ..RTT: What I Understand about Sports, Part I =-.

  21. I had the freakin 75 charge from those a-holes. I had no choice however, b/c I needed a special size and they were the cheapest in the end. Dang!

    I can’t believe how much time flies, but frankly, I’m stoked b/c no more getting up early yahoo! come Summer

  22. Hey! That’s the same washer and dryer we have! We LOVE our LG. They’re named R2 and D2 and I love the little sounds they make when you turn them on and push the buttons. Who knew we could ever get so excited about appliances but here it is…

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