Celebration Tempest by Robin Smith http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/smith/ en-us Middle Aged Mom's Couch Exchange http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/smith/entry/51640 Wanted: Gently used couch. Big flowers and ugly pattern fine. No stains or germs. Memory. Sitting on my Grandma's couch after Sunday dinner. My bare legs sticking to the clear plastic covering as the thick humid night air drifted through the parlor window. It took me years to understand the coverings. That day came about 24 years late as a young mother. My four-ish and three-ish year old boys were begging for strawberry jello. I was taking care of my one-ish year old who had the flu... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:36:47 -0600 Why isn't my keyless fob unlocking my door? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/smith/entry/48922 Today, I pulled out my keyless-entry car fob and pointed it at my hotel room door and pushed unlock. The door didn't open. I was so glad the hallway was empty. I'm doing things, thinking things that well... are scaring me. Keyless-entry Fob Misuse -- Yes, the ones that come with our cars and trucks that are used to unlock them. I've pointed it at my doorknob at work -- it doesn't work. I have pointed it at the tv to turn it on. But I'm not alone. I saw a lady at the gym point it at... Sun, 05 Aug 2012 11:32:42 -0500 No one in Colorado has big hair. http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/smith/entry/48904 I'm visiting my husband while he is on the job in Colorado. It is beautiful here -- the weather is nice, there is a lot to do, and the people are laid back. People here are different. First of all people here don't have big hair. As a person with wavy, crazy hair that is stuck in the 80's no matter how hard my stylist tries- I've got big hair. People in Colorado don't. The women have ponytails, medium hair that falls on their shoulders, or short modern cuts. I envy them. They wear casual... Fri, 03 Aug 2012 10:04:23 -0500 Can I have a drink from your hose? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/smith/entry/47980 We survived. Our family survived the 100 mile yard sale. We had about a million people in our subdivision. Wait let me retract that, almost a million with a few soulless aliens thrown in for fun. It was about 100 degrees on my driveway. Our plan met a major glitch from the beginning -- the Boy Scout. A few years back, our crazy, fun neighbor Craig, sold hot dogs. He had a few garage sale items, but his master plan was to cook hot dogs and brats, grill onions and peppers, and... Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:31:25 -0500 Death by Treadmill http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/smith/entry/47773 Picture this... four treadmills lined up. Guy using one on the far left. I get on second from the right. Twinkie gets on the one between us. I'm going to town, I'm hustling, I'm living in the old days. 3.5 with some incline and 5.0 with interval -- no incline. Couch to 5K- I'm blowing you away! I've got the ear buds in, I'm rockin'! Twinkie's friend, Ponytail, squeezes herself between my treadmill and Twinkie's. There's no more than seven inches clearance. Ponytail's mane is dangling... Wed, 16 May 2012 22:24:59 -0500