To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Friday, February 4, 2011


A plate of warm chocolate chip cookies to the first person that can correctly identify which smoke alarm has a battery dying.
Because that incessant beeping that stops every time I get near one of them is driving me out of my mind!


Lauren said...

The one in your house. When can I pick up my cookies?

iarepilotswife said...

It's the one in the other room.

I guess you'll have to make and come visit really quick so they are still warm.

Don't give them to Lauren. She cheated. I know it.

Lauren said...

I didn't cheat. I was just first. Don't be jealous. Sorry to sound harsh, but I believe in calling it what it is. Just sayin'.

iarepilotswife said...

You cheated. You just said it was in her house. She knows that. You should have been more specific.
It doesn't matter. I want the cookies.
They're mine.

Lauren said...


I didn't cheat. I was just stating the truth.

Just because you are pregnant and want cookies doesn't mean that you are the only one that is pregnant and wants cookies.

Also, you have older children who can make you cookies. I don't have any that old yet. 6 is still a little young for that kind of task without supervision.

Soften up a little. Share a little. I would share a cookie or two with you. I thought we were friends. How has our relationship fallen into such ill repair?

Maybe I will cry.

iarepilotswife said...

Okay. You're right. I should share. You can have one or two cookies.

I get the rest.

iarepilotswife said...

Actually, now that I think about it, this is all Marty's fault. She started it by not being specific enough about the rules in her post.
She just kind of threw the whole thing out there haphazard-like.
So, I think if she ever wants to have a chinese night again maybe two batches of cookies are in order. You know, to repair our friendship.

I'm not sayin'
I'm just sayin'

Lauren said...

I like the two batches of cookies thought. I am all about repairing our relationship with some cookies. I am also all about Chinese night.

BeckyJ said...

Ladies, Ladies...
I know how to resolve this fairly. I would be happy to step in and take the plate of cookies out of the equation. I'm not pregnant, but I *am* post-menopausal, which is a condition more dangerous to society, I'll wager. (I'll take your pregnancy hormones and raise you two post-menopausal hormones.)

Just trying to help.

With Christian Charity,

Marty said...

Dear friends,
Thank you Becky, for showing such maturity in resolving the issue. Since you set such a good example I will follow suit and accept responsibility for not being clear enough in my post.
Ladies, please forgive me. The only answer I have for why I posted so recklessly is a combination of mental fatigue due to single parenting for the week while Rob was out of town, a lack of sugar and other comfort foods due to the diet I'm on, and yes, as long as we're throwing hormones around my were a wee bit busy at the time of the post.
Please accept my most humble and sincere apologies. I cannot stand the thought that my carelessness has caused a rift between two of my friends were just trying to help me out.
PS Cookies for everyone!!

iarepilotswife said...

Becky, cuteness will only get you so far. And I completely saw through your "maturity". Trying to steal our rightfully earned cookies. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

I'll see your two post-menopausal hormones and raise you a 2 year old, a stomach virus, and contractions on 4 hours of broken sleep.
And I'll toss some mild dehydration and a headache in there for good measure.

Anyway, it doesn't matter now. I'm sick and cookies sound just wrong.

Please, somebody throw some pity at me!

Lauren said...

pity . . . pity at you.

Rob H said...

While you all were bickering, I ate the cookies.

iarepilotswife said...

Just like the typical guy...

Why am I not surprised.

Anonymous said...

Oh great. First I read your awesome post and think...I am SO in on this. Then I skim down and find you tempting me with warm chocolate chip cookies. I guess I deserve it for flooding my blog with foodie posts yesterday. Maybe that can count as the eat lots of high fat foods for the first two days? lol Going to figure out now, which weight loss program you are on. You may find you have someone walking beside you!

Kevin Heifner said...

So by "Cookies for everyone", did you mean everyone? If so, sign me up.

Anonymous said...

I've been suckered on the whole promise of a cookie thing before. Count me out.

Rob H said...



iarepilotswife said...

Marty -
Did you ever actually find the smoke alarm that started all this mess?
Did it get new batteries?
Did you bake cookies?
Did Rob really eat them all?

Marty said...

I did find the alarm that had a battery, it doesn't have a replacement yet but it isn't beeping anymore either.
I did bake cookies on Sunday.

I think Lauren ate them all :-)