Saturday, December 29, 2007

It's Jill's anticipated review of Juno

Okay, I know everyone is waiting with baited breath for my review of Juno.

Drum roll please......

I give it three thumps (five being the total of bunny thumps a movie can recieve).

I was partly annoyed with the high school students (and probably jr hi kids) in the audience. It's not a movie for teenagers. The message and story is much deeper than I think a HS student would appreciate.

The students rolled in laughter at any blantant joke. It was annoying. Of course, they missed the jokes which were clever and cynical.

Did I mention I had to "shush" the kids three times. Ug. If John were with me, he would have used his teacher superpower and shut them right up. Boy, is it great being married to a teacher.

Anyway, back to the movie. Ellen Page was great but I think the movie wasn't sure who they wanted to appeal to in the writing. There was some humor that I'd call potty-humor but it wasn't really potty humor...but you get my drift. It wasn't sharp and funny humor. Rather it was stupid humor. That didn't jive well with the emotional tug the story held.

Overall, I enjoyed it but I wouldn't recommended it to the masses.
Have I metioned how much I miss the consistency of the witty humored Gilmore Girls? Where's Loralei and Luke when I need them?!

Until next week, this balcony is closed....I mean, I am signing off.

Good night!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Sir Phillip

He needs to be represented as well.

Post-Thumpmas Happiness

Jill and I have returned home from our sojourn into Arizona where we are plenty of food, shocked each other routinely (due to the low humidity), and met with much of her family. Now upon our six plus hour trek home, it's time to flop like a bunch of lop eared rabbits. Of course we had to let out the Happy Couple (Phillip and Jane) as well as the Little Girls (Root Beer Float and Ruby Jane). Alas, poor Cherry Bugg will not be out until tomorrow. But we gave her extra hay so that counts. I'd also like to thank one of the UOMEs who helped feed the long eared rascals while we were away. I was told that they even let him pet them. Wow.

Time to make the phone re-charge and to give RBF a shot. Poor girl.

By the way if you go to Google and type 'Thumpmas,' there we are! Yes, you can just taste the excitement.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Do They Know It's Thumpmas?

Over two thousand yaers ago, the pregnant Mary and her husband Joseph struggled to find a place to stay as she was nearing birth and every innkeeper said there was no room. So they found a stable and gave birth to the infant Jesus there. Not only did shepherds and "wise men" show up from far distances, so also did animals. Sheep, goats, camels, and dogs were many of the animals that were invited to attend.

Alas, rabbits were not invited. It was later discovered that their invitation was lost and this could only be told to them by St. Francis who could speak to the animals. This, however, was over 1,000 yaers too late. The rabbits were not amused. So they created their own holiday: Thumpmas. This commemorates the inability of the messengers of the time to spread the Word to the rabbits. Thus on that specific day of the yaer when all other men and creatures celebrate Christmas as the birth of our Lord and Saviour, rabbits celebrate Thumpmas in which they thump every twenty minutes to signify their frustration in not being invited to the Great Birth.

Nowadays some manger scenes have added rabbits to the Nativity but that is just revisionist history. We know the real truth.

Cherry Bugg, Princess Jane, Phillip, Root Beer Float, and Ruby Jane will be celebrating Thumpmas this December 25th. Will you?

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Things that make Christmas rock......

Okay, I preface this by saying that "Jesus is the reason for the season", and such....and yes, I appreciate Christmas for the real meaning but I want to talk about what make commercial Christmas rock.

First, only at Christmas time am I able to talk John into trekking with me to the mall. All other times of the year, the mall is off limits. This includes stand alone stores too. But at Christmas, he'll just shrug, and say "okay". This morning we were in Target getting our living Christmas tree (for the record, getting a living tree took us three days to acquire. that's another story for another day). When we pulled into the parking lot, I knew that the store was going to be wild. John, on the other hand, has very little to compare it to so he didn't seem bothered. Once inside, we were disappointed with the selection but a sad, lonely tree called out to us and wanted to come home with us. So he did. Meanwhile, I knew I needed a few other things (you know how Target can be....)....and lo and behold, John did not wince when I told him that I needed a couple of things from inside the store. Unbelievable. That's one reason Christmas rocks. John doesn't get annoyed while shopping. Yippee!

Second, only at Christmas time can you pull out glitter, gold, and silver. Slap it around the house, and you get compliments. When would you ever have cheap looking gold glitter adorn your front door? Never. That's reason # 2 that Christmas rocks.

I am sure I come up with other reasons but for the time being, I'll leave it at that. We'll post Christmas pics of our tree soon. Yippee x two!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Inside outside...

Root Beer Float and Ruby Jane have made quite the living of either flopping in their outdoor cage or flopping on the tile floor in the den. Wait -- as I turn to look at them -- it's time to clean their paws.

RBF is still getting shots every other day to deal with her snuffles. I think it's getting better. She doesn't sneeze nearly as much and she has even more spunk and tenacity than ever before.

So if you go get a rabbit, make sure you get two. Fluffy thumpers need company.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


It's the time of the year where all rabbits convene and talk about what they are thumpful. Some rabbits like Jane are thumpful because they do not have enough free time or are seemingly surrounded by petty proletarian rabbits. Phillip is thumpful because he does not get to spend enough time with the other pretty female rabbits. And he is thumpful of the hose. Cherry Bugg is thumpful for being hungry, not being petted behind the ears (just right), and living in the same back yard as two young giggling female rabbits. Root Beer Float is thumpful because her sneezing makes her whiskers messy. However, she is appreciative of the medication we give her. And as for Ruby Jane, she's thumpful for being touched, not being fed, and sometimes for just talking to her. So in total, the bunnies are thumpful for many things.
Hopefully Jill is not too thumpful with me.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jury Duty

THUMP. With just a few minutes left of my one day/one trial service, I was called into a jury panel. THUMP.

Other than that the only other highlight of the day was sternly telling the man booming on the cell phone next to me to shut the heck up. I received rave reviews from the peanut gallery. Sometimes the Mr. Erb comes out in me.

Tonight both Jane and Cherry Bugg sat on my lap while watching TV. Nothing better than bunny TV time.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

It is what it is ($C Sucks!)

There Jill and I were sitting, high above the southern endzone in the Rose Bowl. A long boring TV timeout was lulling us all into sleep. SOmething about a fumble in the Notre Dame/UCLA game this evening. Neither team came to play. In fact, neither team wanted to win. Ultimately UCLA wanted to win less. But I digress...

The crowd started to rumble like an oncoming train in the distance. "What was that?" "Stanford scored?" We ignored such rumours... "What? Stanford is winning?" The crowd buzzed more knowing that U$C, the evil that walks the earth, was suddenly losing to the erudite but football-challenged Stanford Cardinal. The noise raised in power -- going from whispers to full out screams. Are people just going crazy? Are they just Howard Dean impersonators?

Then it happened a few minutes later... still during this eternal time out. "It's over!" Indeed the crowd rejoiced in communal celebration: Notre Dame and UCLA fan arm-in-arm. Then the chant throughout the stadium, "$C sucks!" It reverberated throughout all of Pasadena. It could be heard all the way in South Central where all the Trojan wannabes are skinning their knees as they jump off the bandwagon.

While the night did not go well for the Bruins, it still went well for us. Jill and I had a great time, we tailgated before and after the game, the rabbits ate their carrots, and I tasted some really good local rootbeer. That's what it's all about. OK, maybe onion rings too... but some other day...

Friday, October 5, 2007

I see London, I see France....

Well, I guess I'll stay in London. According to the oh-so-accurate blogthings poll, I belong in London!

You Belong in London

A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique soul like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.

Actually, I hope to see Dublin soon. John and I are tossing the idea of a Spring Break in Ireland. Neither of us have been and it's on our "to see" list. I know it'll be chilly but that shouldn't slow us down. Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Uh, Oh! No logic here

According to the wizards at some on-line IQ testing, I am below average when it comes to logic! I am glad John's logical. LOL!

Your IQ Is 110

Your Logical Intelligence is Below Average

Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius

Your General Knowledge is Average

Oh gosh...and my IQ is only 110?! It's been hotter than that in Phoenix all week. Poor Lisa!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Feeling deserted....

That's how you all (like there are readers!) should feel.
I recently discovered that John's been blogging on Myspcace. Ya, that's right. He's deserted us.

Perhaps he feels more connected to the myspace crowd! Geez, I hope not!! What would we do without his bunny posts and his babbling about sports?!

I am feeling a bit deserted too. He's off drinking and enjoying football talk while I am left here with a leaking freezer. Yes, the freezer is leaking. Well, actually, it's slowly dripping and has to be kept shut with duct tape. Football season is upon us and so are nights of John obsessively checking stats on the internet. Welcome to the glamorous life of newleyweds!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Moving on.....

Okay, John nor I are great at this blogging thing...but guess what? I started another one!

Well, I figure that John's LHS crew don't need to read my thoughts on cooking or home decorating. I guess that'll be saved for (heatherb) since she's the most likely to "stop in".

So....for girl-related talk....see me at

In the meantime, I've gotta go pack. We are headed to Catalina for a end-of-summer break!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Let them eat cake....really good chocolate cake!

We attended a wedding and reception on Saturday. John's high school friend and taunting buddy, Peter, married Lillian. Pete and Lillian dated for almost as long as we did. Too long! We both remember the first sighting of Lillian. Pete dragged her along to Magic Mountain. Obviously it was early in my relationship w/ I'd say no-go to MM! They can have those silly rides. Lillian was nothing like me. She was fearless and could hang w/the boys! I don't remember much from that first encounter. Now I can say that I am so happy that she's a permanant fixture in Peter's life...since Peter seems to be a permanant fixture in John's life!

The wedding: Wow!! It was the first wedding I attended since our nuptials. Apples and oranges....our two weddings! Their chosen venue overlooked the Pacific Ocean. It was at a private beach club and it was exclusive! We arrived and were handed champagne. We sat and watched the ocean and listened to mostly orchestral versions of Queen songs (nice tribute to the groom!). The first sight of Lillian took my breath away. She was stunning in her ivory gown and cathedral length veil. She slowly walked down a stairway from the upstairs rooms. It really was the most beautiful entrance of a bride that I've seen! Here's a not-so-close pic:

The flowers were gorgeous. All in shades of red ranging from deep red dhalias to bright pinkish red hydrangeas. Beautiful and so tasteful.

The evening was so wonderful. We were excited to see two favorite couples: Raffi and Tamar, and new parents, Scott and Cyndi. We gabbed and danced and ate (amazing Mrs. Beasley's chocolate cake!) all night.

John continues to have a close relationship with his high school classmates. It reminds me so much of my Linden gal pals. If we lived closer, we'd probably throw jabs just like the Loyola bunch. For good measure, here's a pic of the guys...

The climax of the evening was a fireworks show! Yes....fireworks for the wedding. Truly spectacular and a treat for all of the guests. So much fun!
We've placed bets on the next wedding that we'll attend....I don't think it'll be soon but we've got great memories from this one to hold us over!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Escape Artists!

Root Beer Float and Ruby Jane have watched The Great Escape too many times. They manage to find any possible way to sneak out of a cage, a box, or a trapped area. They remind me of those raptors in Jurrasic Park (except much cuter) in that they seemingly learn each time and situation. Smart smart bunnies.

In fact I believe that RBF is going to rewrite Hamlet in August. You go do that, rabbit.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bunny Update (By Popular Demand!)

Ruby Jane should be a parrot! She happily sits on my shoulder and looks about but never leaves. If I gave her a cracker, I bet she'd just chatter her teeth and say, "Bunny wants a carrot, you fool!" I hope she wouldn't call me a fool... that's what she'd do to my neighbor Pete.

Ruby Jane does sneeze occasionally though. Root Beer Float is much less of a "touch-me-not" type of rabbit and will actually lick your arms and face. Such a friendly bunny.

Cherry Bugg was a bit irritated today but she is quickly distracted by a good nose rub.

As for Phillip and Jane, they have each other and are often oblivious to people. However, Phillip does seem to be aggravated by the two new young ones.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

4th of July; or, "New" Car!

Yes, it was another yaer of me running in a 5K. And this time I finally finished in a shorter amount of time than Pete. Victory for me! I shall not relinquish this title. Maybe I should retire from running?

Meanwhile Jill and I also hosted the family over for the Fourth. Lots of hot dogs, other food, children, rabbits, and NO FIREWORKS. Thank goodness... those popping noises gets a little obnoxious after a while. Jill and I must be getting old; we went to bed at 9pm last night. We have seen plenty of fireworks in our life. We can see more next yaer.

And I have a brand old car! A 1989 Volvo which runs smoothly. Yea for me! Maybe I'll throw in a picture down the line.

Vocab quiz tomorrow: be prepared, sophomores!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mutant Lives in San Pedro!

Part man, part rabbit, part motorcycle! Ah!!!!

New Rabbit Photos!

Finally the convergence of actual DSL service and a camera with a strong battery came together. Much like the mixture of peanut butter and chocolate, this too is astronomical in its importance.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Two New Additions!

Introducing our two newest additions to the family: Ruby Jane and Root Beer Float!

Pictures of them will be coming shortly. That is unless they sneak over and chew the connector cord for Jill's camera.

Ruby Jane looks like a younger version of her Aunt Jane and she has sparkling ruby eyes... hence her name. And Root Beer Float is the daughter of the mysterious Root Beer Bugg whom we last saw hopping around in a Youtube video in Holland. That Root Beer Bugg -- younger brother of Flowers, Cookie Anne, and Cherry -- sure gets around.

More about Root Beer Float and Ruby Jane in the near future.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Soccer Mom

So I get a rental for the time being since my car is no more and they give me a... drum roll please... damn, why does Pete have to do the drums this time, Francis is much better... a white Dodge minivan! Yea! Now I get to drive the kids to practice. Or at least tool the bunnies around. Now there's an idea.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

My 'Stang Is Dead; or, Whiny Car Salesmen

First of all, my precious red Mustang is no more. A little ran a stop sign and plowed into me this past Saturday and now I am without wheels. A man without wheels is not a man... might as well call me Pete. The price of the repairs vastly exceeds that of the value of the car. Damn.

So anyway, Jill and I were trying to check out a new Prius today. Really good stuff until we had to deal with the salesmen. The guy out on the lot was good but damn if that money "closer" guy wasn't the biggest weanie. I can't believe how they try to high ball you with ridiculous offers and then magically give you "good news" on how it is suddenly 50% lower a month with a 5% decrease in rate. Whatever... losers. And then don't cry after we say NO.

But there is a sense of power there as we just left them. I felt like saying, "Hey, thanks for the popcorn." Oh. "And be a man and stop crying!" THUMP.

I think Jill seconds this testimony.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Her map, my map!

I've been to a few states and countries too!

More importantly, how many places has Commute Bunny been to?

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fun Maps

According to this map, I have visited 15% of countries! John has made me measure my travel by the # of states/countries/continents that I've visited.

Our goal: hit all 50 states! during our life. I've made it to 34 states....66%! Not bad.

I also want to hit all of the continents. I need to hit Asia (should be easy...I'd love to see the Great Wall, the beaches in Thailand or Vietnam, and Kyoto in Japan). I also need Antartica. John and I have our eye on a cruise that takes you to Antartica.

I always have the travel bug. Thanks to work, I may make it back to either Spain or Sweden this summer. Both countries rank on my top of the list. I was in Sweden two years the summer. John went at Christmas time. Boy, what a difference! I stayed in Stokholm and loved the city. It was beautiful. Truly a wonderful city. Plus, Stokholm's the only place I've ever seen/eaten licorice flavored ice cream. Wonderful!!

And Spain....oh, I love Spain. I love the culture and the lifestyle. I love the ham (serrano jambon) sandwiches and the sangria. I love the architecture...the meshing of Muslim and Christian buildings.

Gotta run...John's on the radio!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Shame on You, Earthlink!

The five months that we have had Earthlink DSL have provided us with multiple experiences of personal frustration, agonizing waits, and annoying Indian accents! Puh-lease, stop this non-sensical outsourcing of phone calls. Being put on hold while talking to people named "Jessica" and "Ken" might be humorous for about ten minutes but the subsequent glacial waits are intolerable. Terrible customer service. I'd complain via e-mail but that probably goes to the tropical subcontinent as well.

As Cherry Bugg would say, THUMP.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Money vs Time

Every morning, as I get ready for work, Meredith, Matt, Al, and Ann join me. (I really miss Katie but that's a topic for another post).

This morning there was a snippet of a story about a Brit that was told by the Royal Hospital in some town (I love that the hospitals are called Royal!)...he was told that he had pancreatic cancer. Now, if you didn't know this...pancreatic cancer is seriously deadly. It's awful. It progresses quickly and there aren't many options for treatment. So....back to the story....he was told he had less than six months to live. Learning this news, he went out and lived the high life. Fine dining every day, treating family and friends to lavish gifts, not paying his mortgage.

Well, lo and behold, he didn't have cancer. He had pancreatitis. He is going to live! Hallelujah! He'll live but he's now flat broke and sueing the hospital. UGH!

So, how does this relate to my life? Well, it doesn't really except that John says we must be prudent this summer and not go on a vacation. Sure we'll see my folks and maybe swing by the Grand Canyon but nothing more. Boo to John. I want to live the lavish life and go on a great vacation!

While I know he is right, I hate saving $$$ for future great plans. I think I like to live 6 months out. If it's not happening within six months, it's no fun to save for it. Again...boooooo!!! When it comes to money and time, it seems like the more time you have to wait, the less fun it is to pack away the bucks.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Delayed Disappointment (Darn Reality Shows)

I don't watch many reality programs. They're so damn contrived with their editing and all... but Jill and I do watch The Amazing Race. We actually taped them all (God bless our DVR but that's a blog for another day) and the first and last episodes were the only two we watched "live" (as live as a reality program gets). Anyway, after all this time we were somewhat disappointed that the dysfunctional dating team won. As Cherry Bugg would say, "THUMP." Then again at least the team with the midget didn't win... dare I ask Raffi if they set back Armenians by at least 200 yaers.

I'd love to participate in something like that but after our venture from Tanzania to Los Angeles over 40 hours in four countries... that was good enough for me.

Virgin Atlantic flies from London to Nairobi now! No offense to Kenyan Airways but didn't you guys just crash a plane? I guess I shouldn't kick an airlines when they are down.

Anyway, I guess I should get back to what I do most on Sunday nights: crossword puzzles.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

My bunny on the remote control

OK, this makes me wonder. What DO rabbits want to watch on the television? I wouldn't think Animal Planet since most of those show are on predators. And the Food Network doesn't hit the spot because they don't eat much of that stuff. Personally, I think bunnies dig the Golf Channel. They can sit there and look at all that inviting grass. Hmm... chomp chomp.

Maybe I should stop wondering and get to bed.

But that's what this blog is all about. No, not getting to bed. It's all about the wonderment.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Am I a recluse?

Am I a recluse or just simply exhausted?
Have you ever dreamt about living in a cloistered convent?

I say that joking but some days the quiet, simplicity sounds appealing.

It's Friday night. I have no intention of leaving my humble home. I am happy sitting and reading, sitting and sleeping, sitting and watching tv, sitting and well, sitting and waiting for bedtime.

Friday nights.

John is watching some sort of sci-fi TV show. I have no interest. I don't know if I really hate sci-fi or if I just like that I hate sci-fi. I guess it doesn't really matter. It keeps him occupied as I sit and do nothing on Friday night.

Friday nights.

It was only a few years ago that Friday night meant getting all purdy and going out to meet singles. Now the thought of going out into the chilly night is repulsive.

I am back to being a recluse. Leave me in my house. I don't want to get ready to go any where. I'll sit on the couch while John watches sci-fi.

I think I like my new life.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Update on Wedding Pictures!

It's amazing what a little on-line questing in public forums will do when it comes to motivating a wedding photographer! Shortly after I posed some questions on The Knot about my photographer, she emailed me w/pics. Coincidental??? Hmmmm

Well, here's a few....we are still sorting them out. Some I love, some I hate....but I am just happy to have them!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Wedding nightmares?

I am back to having wedding know, the ones that wake you up and leave you panicked that you trip and fall into the cake?! Considering I am happily married and loving life, the only real cause of these nightmares must be my tardy photographer.

It's been five months and we still don't have pictures. And now, our photographer has quit communicating with me. For months, I've been playing "nice, sweet, accommodating Jill" but just recently I changed my tune. I called and/or emailed her on 3/26, 4/2, and 4/9 expressing my concern and disappointment. No word back. I do know she's alive and well enough to continue working as photographer- but she's not able to call me back?! Strange.

Generous friends have offered advice regarding my missing wedding pics. But the bottom line is that it's not about the's about have treasured photos from our wedding day.

Who would have thought that I could still have wedding nightmares. What's next--- nightmares about final exams?? I sure hope not!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Surviving the ATL; and Annoying Gator Fans

I guess the only thing better than a bunny on the head would be a Bruin at the Final Four. In any event, that was quite the fun fan sojourn. Alas, it didn't go so well for my Bruins but hey, we made it there and that's something that Duke/Kansas/Kentucky/Yale fan can't say.

On a related note, are there are sluttier fans than female Gator fans? And the guys are intolerably arrogant. They really need to be introduced to the Total Perspective Vortex and realize where they really are in the universe. Then again they may be so oblivious to life around them that they go Zaphod Beeblebrox and survive. OK, I can't even recall which exact book that scene is in... how did I get here? Oh yeah, annoying Gator fan.

What's up with our washing machine? That is all.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Re: Final Four and HS Poetry

Woohoo! The Bruins knocked off the Jayhawks and on to the Final Four go the merry band of the blue and gold. And I knew that season tickets would do me good some day; I managed to get tickets to the Final Four again this season. To use a line from Commute Bunny, "Damn straight!" I need to talk to CB about her language.

So I better type up the rest of the Quarter Exams for my sophomores tonight before I get too tired. Oh, like they'll remember who wrote "Ozymandias." That and "The Second Coming" are the only two poems I recall from my junior year in high school. I don't know what my other Loyola contingent recall, but my memory is a bit Swiss-cheesed and it's only getting cheesier (at least that's what Jill says about my attire).

I am Mr. Erb, King of Kings, look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Corn Dogs

Cherry Bugg used the corn dog today and told me to let her out. Odd girl indeed. As long as she goes back into her cage before the UCLA game, I'll be OK with her wandering.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Silent Tuesdays (for him)

OK, I'm new to this so I guess I'll just follow up with what Jill said on her blog, or as I guess I should say, blogged. I don't mind the Silent Tuesdays at all as it gives me time to read whatever magazines have come in over the weekend (eek, my Time subscription has expired!), the sports page, and the crosswords from the Sunday times. Yes, today I managed to finish both the LA Times Sunday crosswords. Aren't I special? Yeah, whatever.

I guess this website eschews all underlining. My only two options are bolding and italicizing. I wonder what the MLA will have to say about that! Then again who even reads the MLA handbook other than crazed English teachers with nothing better to do than read about citing sources and completing crossword puzzles. Darn, that's me.

Ooh, there's a spell-check on this thingie. Yes, thingie. I stick to the highbrow words.

Where was I anyway? Oh yeah, Tuesdays. There really isn't anything for me to watch on Tuesday nights anyway. Then again if there were, that's why I have DVR. Tape it all, baby!
Of course this raises a question in my head: who is going to read this? I guess you are.

Silent Tuesdays

I read about a couple that swore of television for their first year of marriage. They had some idea that a life without television would bring them closer.

I loved believing that I was that person- Someone that can live without television. Someone that doesn't know what's happening on Grey's Anatomy or who's on Oprah. Someone who couldn't tell you who Rachel Ray was, let alone what EVOO was......

But, alas, I am a TV person. I enjoy "my shows".

Back to the couple w/o TV. I liked the idea. I liked it so much that several weeks ago, I proposed to John that we have a TV-free night. So, Tuesday nights in the Erb (Erb and Kendall-Erb) household are television free nights.

The first Silent Tuesday was a little creepy. John and I assumed our familiar positions on the couch and stared at the TV. We weren't quiet sure how to progress in a silent house. What should we do? What should we say? It was very quiet. No television was awkward. It wasn't so much awkward between John and myself but rather awkward to live in a stimulus-free house.

Fast forward six or so weeks.....It's Silent Tuesday and we love it. We've learned to lounge more on Tuesday nights. Read more on Tuesday nights. Catch up on email on Tuesday nights. And now we'll make blogging part of our Tuesday nights. We've tried to keep Silent Tuesday from becoming dreaded-catch-up-on-chores Tuesday. Instead, we just slow down and enjoy the silence.

Best of all, it brings me back to a simple feeling. Without television, it seems like the nights are longer. And don't we always ask where time goes? Well, turn off your TV and you'll find that lost time.