Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This is what happened yesterday during his first big-boy-bed naptime. (Yes, I use our real names. But the fake names are really just for fun. Most of you know my real name and Lance's real name already, anyhow!) Today is Day 2. I wonder if we shall have a repeat performance...
Sunday, December 28, 2008
So what if my Christmas tree was smaller than usual.
So what if my gift wrapping was sloppy.
It's been a tough year for almost everyone. Rather than be sad that I couldn't buy my son every toy I wanted to get him, I can rejoice that in this uncertain economy, my husband not only kept his job, but he got a Christmas bonus. And I found a job that I'll be starting in January.
People everywhere are losing their homes. We're not.
We don't go out to eat as often as we used to, but we have enough money to buy groceries to prepare delicious meals at home.
So while my Christmas wasn't as glittery and magical as it is in my childhood memories, I can honestly say to you,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Name My Blog! Contest.
In the comments, leave suggestions for a new name for this blog.
If I find one I like, I'll pick it.
And your prize?
Sorry, but it's close to Christmas and I have a little boy to shop for.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Well, there's no bad guy music here.
Damselfly is pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I was among the first to know. Actually, I think I was the first to know, and thus was born The Latte Speculation.
Let me begin by saying that Damselfly is a known strange-coffee-orderer. By that, I mean she rarely orders a coffee drink straight off the menu. One time in particular I remember her prefacing her drink order with the following phrase: "Decaf, sugarless, soy, no whipped cream something-or-other-mochalattecarmelcino." To which the barista replied: "Why bother?"
I laughed at that. A lot.
So before just springing her with a drink, I called her ahead of time and I asked her if she wanted her pumpkin spice "loaded" or if there were any special instructions. She said, "Loaded sounds fine."
So that's what I ordered her. A Pumpkin Spice Latte. Full caffeine, plenty of sugar, no soy to be found anywhere, and a pile of whipped cream. She enjoyed it.
Two weeks later I wished to surprise my friend again. Since she had previously OK'd a straight-off-the-menu beverage, I didn't call ahead. I just ordered it. When she answered the door, I handed her the loaded Pumpkin Spice Latte (with caffeine and sugar and NO SOY), said, "I love you a latte" (because I'm corny like that,) she looked at it, took a polite little sip, and set it down.
And this, my friends, was The Latte Speculation. I thought to myself, "Hmm. She's not drinking something which a mere two weeks ago she devoured like a hungry wolf in a desert. (Yeah, yeah, I know. Awful metaphor.) Could she be...pregnant??!!"
I then dismissed the thought. Surely, surely, if she was pregnant, she would have told me by now. Maybe she just wasn't in the mood for pumpkin spicy goodness. Oh well, next time I'd make sure to call ahead and get her order first.
Fast forward to last week's vacation at Disneyworld. You may remember from the pictures that the Damselfly Family and the Meadow Family were there at the same time. We had dinner together the first evening and Damselfly announced that she was pregnant!!! I could barely contain myself, and had I not been in the glamorous surroundings of the Wilderness Lodge Resort, there would have been much screaming and jumping up and down.
Instead, I merely smiled and said, "THAT'S why you didn't drink your latte." To which statement everyone at the table burst out laughing and her witty husband, J.P., coined the phrase The Latte Speculation.
And from this day forward, the story of Damselfly's 2nd pregnancy shall go down in history as The Latte Speculation.
We're going out for coffee tomorrow. I wonder what she will order??!!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
We had special tickets to an event called "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party." I got to stay up WAY past my bedtime to watch a special parade, see SNOW on Main Street, and go on lots of rides. Mommy and Daddy got lots of free hot chocolate, too.
At Epcot, we got to go under the sea and visit Nemo!! I just love Nemo. Here is one of the few pictures of me with my Mommy. Usually Mommy is the one taking the pictures, so she has to make sure she asks other people to take pictures with her in them. I'm glad she did!
I got to play some drums at the Animal Kingdom. We were standing here next to them when a really cool parade came by and Pluto gave me a kiss!
I also saw Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Donald Duck.
It was very special to have my Granny from South Africa come with us. It's her first time in the USA!
Here's a nice picture of Mommy and Daddy. Don't they look nice together?
Monday, November 24, 2008
She has one more day of her internship!! She's actually supposed to be there today, but I'm running a little bit of a fever so she didn't want to take me to preschool. I'm much better than I was on the weekend, though. I was running a fever of 101.7!!! Today it was much, much, lower and she expects me to be all better by tomorrow, which is good, cuz we're driving up to Grandma and Grandpa's house tomorrow for Thanksgiving. I'm going to meet my other Grandma from South Africa, too! She's going to come stay with us until Christmas. It's her first time in the USA and Mommy is kinda nervous. Mommy has a lot to do to get the house ready for her, so she says I have to get off the computer now so she can start getting us packed for her trip.
Oh, by the way, do you like my hat? It lights up.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
7 days left of my internship.
Then it's off for Thanksgiving with my family, and a few day's vacation at Disneyworld!
Then it's time to look for a job.
Then it'll be Christmas.
Then I'll *hopefully* be working.
I have some recent photos of Kiddo that I'll be uploading soon. Since there's not much interesting stuff going on with me, he's always a good subject! Stay tuned.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Here is how it will work. I will send out an e-mail explaining our project. In it, I will ask people to send our class an email back to the following address:
I will ask people to tell us the city and state in which they live, and if they like, a fun fact about their area. Each morning I will read the emails to the students and we will talk about the different places and put a pin in a map to show all the places that our email has reached.
If you would like to participate in this, please leave your e-mail address in the comments and I will make sure to include you when I send out the first email on November 10. Please be aware that it will come from TESClass@gmail.com, and not my personal email address.
Thank you very much!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is the costume I just ordered from www.buycostumes.com. Fortunately I already have some kick-butt boots similar to the one shown.
He's going to be dressed as a Jedi Knight.
It should be fun!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Oh, also, Kiddo has bronchitis and is on antibiotics, which is giving him orange poo and a severe diaper rash. If you don't know that, the email won't make sense.
Oh. You also have to know that we have been trying to get together to bake cookies for awhile, too. She suggested that we do so Thursday afternoon when I come to pick up Kiddo from her house.
Now we may begin:
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Argh. Grumble. Grmph. Groan.
But I'm not bitter.
Or am I?
I just want to bang my head against a wall, pull all my hair out, and break something valuable. Something valuable belonging to someone else, of course.
Cookies on Thursday sounds very nice.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I had a bit of a rough day again today, but something very sweet happened at the end which made it all worthwhile. I won't go into the story about how my day was horrible and I just wanted to quit. Just know that my day was horrible and I wanted to quit.
After school let out and most of the kids were gone, I was walking down the hallway back to my classroom after a faculty meeting. The kids who stay at school for after-care were in the hallway on the way outside to play. One of my students was in this particular group of kids. This student is definitely our problem child. He is often surly and generally unpleasant. None of the kids likes him. He is mean.
But when this little boy saw me walking in the hallway, he ran over to me and gave me a big hug.
I must be doing SOMETHING right.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Do you ever just hate yourself for making stupid mistakes?
I'll be back to myself in a couple days. I hope.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
"Your wife and I will go out and do something fun on Tuesday since there's no school. You can go to work and single-handedly repair the broken economy."
(To his wife- "I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry!!!!!!!)
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thanks to Amber, for staging a blog intervention and getting me back. I've missed everyone so!
All right. So I've got 6 weeks to catch you up on...let's begin!
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In Which I Meet a Fellow Blogger and See My Favorite Comedian in Person
The evening after I met Haley, Hubby and I went to see Craig Ferguson!!! He has a late-night talk show and he's the funniest man in the WORLD. So when we found out that he was going to be in my parent's hometown the SAME weekend that we were going to be there to meet up with Haley, it just worked out perfectly! The show was great, and he's just as funny in person as he is on TV.
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In Which My Son Invites Himself Into The Neighbor's House
A few weeks ago, we were outside in our backyard when our neighbors came outside. We're friends with them, so we both went into our front yards so we could chat. Mrs. Neighbor is an avid gardener and had made cuttings of some of her plants for me so I could start a garden, so then we went into THEIR backyard. Kiddo saw their back door, went up to it, and knocked! Mr. Neighbor said we could go in. I was a little embarassed, but we went in anyway and ended up having a nice time hanging out with our neighbors!
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In Which I Become Aware That Times Have Changed
I am doing my internship in 1st grade. Last week I was teaching a writing lesson. I was showing them how to make a "word web" to map out ideas for what they want to write about. So to begin the lesson, in order for me to "assess their prior knowledge," I asked them, "Who can raise their hand and tell me what a 'word web' is?" The responses I got were the following:
"It's when you go on the internet and google something you don't know."
"It's when you get on the computer to look for stuff."
It was pretty funny.
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In Which I Have a Hard Time Keeping a Straight Face
The week before my writing lesson, I was reading some sentences that the students had written about their favorite outdoor activity.
Let me back up a little. Many 1st graders are still learning how to write their letters. They often mix up their "b" with their "d." Additionally, that week in their phonics lesson they had learned that "ck" makes the "k" sound.
One little girl was attempting the write the following sentence:
"My favorite outdoor activity is riding a bike."
This is what she ACTUALLY wrote: (please forgive my creative punctuation; I am trying to avoid getting some strange searches.)
"My favorite outdoor activity is riding a "d"i(c)K"
Lots of fun, I tell you.
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In Which I Hope To Return to Blogging
Last week, my university supervisor came to observe me teach a lesson. She was impressed with me. So impressed with me, in fact, that she said I no longer have to write the super-crazy-long-format lesson plans which previously took me 2-3 hours per night to write. Now I can write them this way:
Math, lesson 8.3, addition facts to 10, student pages 105-106.
Previously, it would have taken me 2 pages and 45 minutes to write that.
So hopefully, I will have a little more time to devote to blogging.
I forgot how much fun this is!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Here is a detailed description of my day yesterday:
6:15 am: Wake up
7:00 am: Leave for work.
7:20 am: Arrive at work. Teach all day. 30 minute "planning break" HA! 25 minute lunch break? Sure, shovel your food down and run.
4:00pm: Arrive home
4:00-4:30: a little downtime
4:30-7:00: housework, play with Kiddo, get dinner ready
7:30pm: get on the computer to write lesson plans and do other silly monotonous work they make interns (but not real teachers!!) do
10:30pm stop working
10:30-10:50: eat the dinner I cooked at 5. Watch 20 minutes of TV. Ready to sit and relax for awhile, but no, because it's now...
Sleep for 7 hours and begin again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
This is why I have not been able to blog.
But I have so much to tell you!
Maybe, maybe, one of these days I'll have some spare time.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
What happens when one of them distributes glow-in-the-dark bracelets while at the beach at night?
What happens when two roommates who have received glow-in-the-dark bracelets go back up to their room and are still awake at 2 am?
What happens when those two roommates disassemble their bracelets and pretend that they are lightsabers?
This is what happens.
That's me and Damselfly having a lightsaber fight in our hotel room at 2 am on our weekend retreat.
We are very silly.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I'm still here.
But with so little time left for blogging.
Oh, how I miss all of you!
I peek in through your windows every now and then to get a glimpse of what is going on in your lives. (i.e., I skim through my reader every now and then. Please don't think I'm stalking you!)
The internship is going great, but boy am I beat.
Just wanted to say hi.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Oh. And the only reason I've had time to do this? Because of the tropical storm that kept school closed but let me keep my electricity to run my computer. :)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Seriously busy. You've no idea what I've got to do! Busy, busy, shockingly busy. Much, much, too busy for you.
(I'm not being mean. It's a Veggie Tales song.)
I will be done with student teaching the week of Thanksgiving. Then we'll see what happens! I may or may not take a full-time teaching job. While my son is doing much better at the daycare center, I still miss him a whole lot and I'm not ready to give him up for such a long time! After my 3 months I will be ready to be Mommy again. Maybe I'll find something part-time at a preschool. We'll just have to see.
So while to the rest of the world it will appear that I have gone into hibernation, rest assured that I am working my tail off. And please, when your children head off to school this fall, say an extra special "thank you" to their teacher. Most of you have no idea the kind of time, hard work, and love these people pour into their students, your children.
See ya around!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I am feeling so many things right now. I can't decide which emotion to settle on. I have my son's backpack ready for tomorrow. It has a change of clothes, several diapers, his blanket, pillow and stuffed monkey for naptime, his morning snack and his lunch box. I have chosen the outfit I will wear for tomorrow, and as soon as I finish this post I will pack up this laptop in its bag and include a notebook, pen and pencil with it so I will be prepared for anything tomorrow.
The only thing I can't prepare for is how I will feel being away from my precious, precious, baby.
I know some of you moms out there are anxious for school to start again so you can get your kids out of the house.
Me? School starts tomorrow, and I am in agony.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Well, I haven't been blogging every day during my Week Of Fun, but here are some pictures showing the highlights of the week!
Me, my son, and my friend's boy playing at the water playground.
The boys splashing around at the beach!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I woke up three hours ago. Hubby was snoring, and my jaw was sore because I was sleeping on my side and putting pressure on my face where the teeth were removed. I took a Vicodin, thinking that once the pain eased, I'd go back on to sleep.
Nope. I put in ear plugs, thinking that if I drowned out the snoring, I'd go back to sleep.
Uh-uh. I went out to the living room, got on the couch, thinking that since the living room is a little cooler than the bedroom thanks to the powerful ceiling fan, I'd be more comfortable and fall back asleep.
But at least I'm getting caught up on reading all of you dear people!!
Here is a picture of me when I was a baby. There is really no purpose for me putting this here right now, it's just damn-thirty in the morning and I'm bored.
Forgive my language. I get cranky when I haven't had enough sleep.
Friday, August 1, 2008
This day, four years ago, I wore the perfect white dress....
This day, four years ago, I was a little irritated that my husband chose to wear a Winnie-the-Pooh tie on our wedding day. But then I thought about it, and realized it was cute and sweet, because he was just being himself.
This day, 4 years ago, I spoke words that would change my life forever.
Happy anniversary, honey! I love you more than you'll ever know.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
My childcare fell through. Now we're looking at spending hundreds of $$ a month so I can go to school.
I've been praying for God's direction in this. One day I feel sure that I am to go ahead with my plans. The next day a roadblock pops up, convincing me that I need to wait.
I'm starting to get a little sad.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
While this particular incarnation of my blog is brand-new, I have been blogging for three years now. My blog has taken many forms. At one point it was a photo blog. For awhile it was a pregnancy journal. My old blog is still up if you'd like to take a gander. I currently blog under a pen name, but there was a time I didn't attempt to hide my identity. I have enjoyed blogging, and I think it is now time to branch out and have a space that is all my own.
I would like to see bigger and better things for this blog in the near future. I've seen lots of you out there make money just with your blogging. Since I'm already blogging, I may as well make some money while I'm at it-- but to do that, I'd really like to have a super-fantastic spectacular one-of-a-kind home on the web that expresses my personality.
So please, please, select me to be the winner of Extreme Blog Makeover!
Thank you very much.
Well, the fun continues.
After a rain, we will often find small frogs in our backyard pool. They will be clinging desperately to the concrete, in a well-intentioned attempt to keep themselves alive. The poor things.
We told him what these tiny desperate beings were.
"Look at the frog, sweetie! See the frog? What a tiny little frog!"
Then he grinned, looked at the frog, pointed at it, and said with emphasis:
He is displaying the properties of one learning a language. He is consistently producing the "-og" sound as "-uck."
Hubby and I have the hardest time not laughing when he does this. He gets so excited to see the frogs, and when he gets excited, he says whatever word over and over again. So we earnestly hope that our neighbors are not outside in their yards when our little boy sees the frogs.
"FUK! FUK! FUK!"
I recently learned that one of our local museums has a traveling frog exhibit. We very nearly took Kiddo to see it, but we changed our minds. There is just too much potential for embarrassment there. Imagine us trying to explain to some poor innocent bystanders that our son really truly is trying to say "frog."
Kids say the darndest things, don't they?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Yay. Now I have just been vomited upon- projectile-like- by Kiddo.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Not everything is back to normal. I still have to be careful what I eat. I'm on a "soft diet" consisting mostly of jello, pudding, creamy soups, applesauce, and protein shakes. I'll go back for a post-op checkup and hopefully I will be cleared to resume normal eating habits again! But who knows, maybe I'll lose a few pounds in the process! :)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
It's been a little humbling for me too, though, to see Kiddo being taken care of in such a different manner than I do. I think it's good for him and me, too.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Someone else who had the same doctor remove THEIR wisdom teeth didn't swell up at all.
But I am. Like a chipmunk. It didn't start until this afternoon. I thought I had escaped it, but no.
Sigh. Better snuggle up to a bag of frozen peas again!
Have a nice day!
Starbucks. There is a relatively new Starbucks not far my parent's home, and I was a frequent visitor during the 3 days of my stay. On my way out to return home, I went through the drive-thru to get myself juiced up for the 4-hour drive. As I pulled up to order, a very friendly voice greeted me.
"Hi, and welcome to Starbucks on this beautiful evening! My name is Josh. How can I help you?"
Josh sounded like nothing would make him happier than to take my coffee order. I could tell by the sound of his voice that he was smiling.
"Hi Josh! I think I'll try one of those raspberry brownies that the lady ahead of me ordered, and I'll also have a Grande Raspberry Mocha Frappucino."
"That sounds DELICIOUS! A themed dinner?"
"That's right, Josh!"
"It'll be $6.23."
I pulled up to the window where I met Josh in person. He was delightful! I could really tell he was having a nice time at his job. Most drive-thru people barely look at me, they just want to grab my money, throw my food at me, and send me on my way. Not Josh! He took some time to make pleasant small-talk.
What Josh didn't know was that I really needed something like that. I was on my way to the hospital one last time to see Mom before I drove home. I was very worried about her, as I'm sure you remember from the updates I posted. I was afraid I was going to be too late and they wouldn't let me in, and I was afraid that if I didn't get my coffee, I would fall asleep on the drive with Lance since we only left at 9 pm, ensuring a peaceful, quiet drive.
But Josh's friendliness and his smile, his thoughtfulness, really helped to brighten that evening.
I told him that he was the friendliest drive-thru person I had ever met. He seemed surprised and pleased by this. Then I told him I would write about him on my blog. I told him the URL, and I hope he manages to look me up!
So if you're here Josh, please know that your kindness made a huge difference to this mommy during a difficult time in her life. You didn't just give me coffee and a brownie, you gave me a reason to smile when there was none.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Oh, and thanks to Lena for designing this template and offering it for free! You do FABULOUS work, honey!!
I was knocked out for the surgery. I remember a few times I would wake up a little bit and could hear what was going on, but not often enough to remember the details. Although at one point I heard the doctor say "oops." That wasn't good! I was under for an hour, but I only have a few minutes' worth of memories of the procedure! The IV stick was the worst part. I'm such a baby when it comes to needles!
Whoa...the phone just rang. Apparantly talking is something I'll have to refrain from as well! I seem to be fine when I keep my head as still as possible!
Cheers re-runs, here I come!
Goodbye, Wisdom. How I shall miss you.
In the meantime, I'm finding it rather difficult to refrain from eating and drinking, especially when Lance doesn't finish his breakfast.
Plain toast never looked so good, until you're not allowed it.
I expect I'll be spending a lot of time this weekend on my computer! I'm gonna milk it, baby.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Here are the updates on mom. I hope you don't mind that I just copied the e-mail I sent out to our friends and family.
I saw my mom yesterday evening. It was good to see her. They have figured out that her stomach is not emptying AT ALL-- it is full of fluid, although she hasn't eaten anything for several DAYS. I had previously misunderstood and thought they were witholding food from her, but the truth is she can't keep anything down. One of the days she *did* have to fast because of a procedure they needed to do. They had her on clear liquids the other night, and she only took a few sips of juice, and it made her throw up a lot.
They are going to do more tests today to figure out the cause of this. Something similar had happened before, and they discovered a bacterial overgrowth in her small intestine. Hopefully the tests today will reveal what it is THIS time. There is talk of transporting her up to Mayo clinic.
My dad will be going to the hospital this morning so he can talk with the doctors and find out more information. At this point, we're all wondering why they haven't given her any nutrition intravenously, since they know she hasn't eaten anything in the three days she's been there. They have her on a saline solution and electrolytes so she won't dehydrate, but she isn't getting anything else.
While I'm relieved that they have figured out SOMETHING, it's scary to think that my mom has not been getting any nutrition for several days and is basically slowly starving. I don't like that thought AT ALL. Hopefully Dad will be able to get them to give her something in the IV. They won't release her from the hospital if she can't eat. Mom would prefer to have Dad drive her up to Mayo rather than have the hospital transport her, because that would just be a ridiculously huge (and unncessary) expense.
Please continue praying- now, that the doctors will be able to fix the problem they have found, and that my mother will have some measure of comfort. I will be returning home to Coral Springs tonight. I wish I could stay longer, but I'm having my wisdom teeth removed Friday morning.
Thanks and God bless
Mom has now received an IV with nutrition. They are also draining the fluid from her stomach. Already she looks a little better- not so pale, and she looks like she got some rest. They have decided to transport her via ambulance to the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville, but we're not sure yet when they will do this.
Thank you all for your prayers- we are beginning to see them answered! In addition to praying for mom's healing and wisdom for the doctors, please pray also that this will not become a financial burden for my family. My parents have a fairly good insurance plan, but it doeesn't cover everything. An ambulance trip to Jacksonville is going to be a significant cost, as will several days of hospital stay.
I will be going to visit Mom once more, on my way home tonight. I hope to have more information then. I know the are going to do more x-rays later this afternoon to see if her small intestine is working properly.
I can't begin to tell you how much your support means. You are all family to us. Without your prayers and moral support, I'm sure things would be much different right now.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I give you...
Lance! In the kiddie pool! Completely dressed! With a popsicle stain on his face!
This afternoon I was filling the kiddie pool that my parents have at their house just for Lance's visit. He was standing there eating a popsicle while I filled it. My grand plan was to take him inside and change him into his swim trunks when he was done with the popsicle.
And I stood there and laughed like I haven't laughed for several days.
It was good.
The gastroenterologist came to see my mom this evening, but we don't have any answers yet. Tomorrow, Mom is having a stress test and a bunch of other tests including an endoscopy.
I'll be sticking around the house, holding the fort down here and taking care of some stuff that my parents haven't been able to take care of, like following up with the TV repairman, doing some housework, preparing meals, etc. I'll go to the hospital when I can, but that might be tough with Lance. Not even sure yet if he will be allowed in the cardiac unit; will check on that tomorrow.
And again, thank you for all your prayers. Keep 'em coming.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The cardiologist came, and there is no indication of any heart problems, praise God! They are waiting on results from a thyroid test, and are waiting for the gastroenterologist to come. Whatever happens, she will be in the hospital at least one more night.
Thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts as my family goes through this scary time.
I'll keep you all updated as I get more information.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I just received a phone call from my dad. My mom is in the ER for severe chest and abdominal pain.
Please pray NOW.
This Friday, I am having my wisdom teeth out.
Crazy week, huh?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I could tell you that Lance hit me with a hammer.
I could tell you that I slipped and fell on a wet pool deck.
I could tell you that I dropped a bowling ball mid swing.
I could tell you that I was performing some complicated gymnastics excercise.
But all of those would be dirty, nasty lies.
That wrist brace makes lots of things difficult like typing, and even lifting Lance.
So like a fool, I took the brace off so I could write this post.
Already I am regretting that decision.
"If you BOYS want to play with us, you have to be my minions 'cuz I'm Evil Girl."
"Last one there is a rotten picklehead!"
"What's a rotten picklehead??!!"
"He's gonna DIE!"
Playground antics sure have changed since I was a kid.
Or HAVE they?
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Lance is 19 months old. Every day, he learns or attempts to learn new words. Lately, he has been fascinated with the magnetic letters we have on the fridge for him. His favorite letter is "E." He calls all of them "E."
While I am lying on the couch watching TV, I can hear the sounds of the magnetic letters clicking agianst the side of the refrigerator. Then the sound changes to the padding of his bare feet across the tile floor, through the kitchen, to me in the living room.
He looks at me with a very serious face.
"Eee..babble babble...Mama...babble babble...Eee....elp...oom...mama...babble..Eeee!"
He looked so concerned, and he was plainly trying to tell me something which needed my immediate attention.
"Show me, sweetheart!"
He took my hand, and led me to my bedroom, where the letter "E" was hidden in the darkness. He was trying to tell me that the letter E was in Mama's room, and he needed help getting it because it was dark.
How about that!
We met up at the Mr. Foods No-Fuss Meals. It was a TON of fun! If you're not familiar with it, it is a place where you go and assemble meals which you then bring home to cook the next day, or freeze and keep it for later. I had been wondering what all the fuss was with Mr. Food. I thought, surely it couldn't be much different from just going to the grocery store and making your stuff at home! Boy, was I wrong!!
Here I am with my completed Brocolli Ham and Cheese Quiche while I will be cooking tonight. My dear friend snapped this photo, and in her caption, she called me a "Rachael Ray Wanna Be." LOL! I just need some EVOO and to throw some salt over my shoulder!
You could select from an entire menu of what meal(s) you'd like to prepare. For this event, we were all allowed to make one meal for free, other bloggers chose to spend a little more money and do more. The ingredients are all laid out for you, and instructions are posted. I chose to make the "crustless brocolli ham and cheese quiche." It couldn't have been simpler! The instructions went something like this:
1. Put gallon-size ziploc bag inside tub
2. Add 1 level scoop of cheddar cheese
3. Add 1 level scoop of swiss cheese
4. Add 1 cup of pre-beaten eggs (which were stored in something like a salad dressing bottle, I simply poured into the measuring cup provided!)
5. Add 1 tsp onion powder (the onion powder already had the measuring spoon inside it)
and so on and so forth.
Once I assembled all my ingredients, I placed my sealed ziploc bag with my quiche innards into a refrigerator, and then I got to enjoy free wine and snacks.
Here I am with blogger Sherry North, who is the author of Because You Are My Baby.
I would highly recommend Mr. Food's No-Fuss Meals for people who like to cook but don't enjoy the planning and preparation. For me, the hardest part of preparing dinners for my family is NOT the actual cooking part, but trying to decide what meals to cook, and on which days to cook them so I don't waste ingredients. For example, there is a chicken dish I like to prepare that calls for chopped green onion. If I'm going to prepare that meal, I need to make sure that a couple other meals during the week also called for chopped green onion, because at my grocery store I can't buy them individually. Only in a large bag full, and most of the time I end up throwing them out because green onions aren't something I use a whole lot.
That problem is eliminated with Mr. Food.
It's also a fun thing for a girl's night out, or as an alternative for a baby shower. A couple weeks to a month before a woman's due date, get all her friends to chip in for a few week's worth of meals. All of you head on down to Mr. Food, enjoy each other's company while you prepare meals for the mom-to-be to take home and freeze. Then she'll have plenty of food available to her.
Anyhoo. It was a lot of fun, and I'm sure I'll be going back!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Boy, he wasn't kidding. My wisdom teeth are starting to poke through, and golly gee whiz does it hurt!! All four are coming in simultaneously. My jaws will just throb in a pain and pressure which radiates through my entire head, behind my eyes, down my neck and into my spine, leaving my whole body feeling like there's someone scratching a chalkboard all day long. Know what I mean?
Our poor kiddos, they go through this for the greater part of their first few years of existence. What a rotten welcome to the world.
FRIENDSHIP IS AWESOME!!
Last night we had some friends over to spend the evening with us. Two of the four friends moved away about two months ago, but came into town because Mr. Friend had a business trip in the area, so he brought Mrs. Friend along with him. The six of us Friends used to hang out together a lot, and we were beginning to miss it! So although it's only been 6 weeks or so since we all hung out last (we all went out for a good-bye dinner when Friends #5 and 6 moved,) it felt like we had been reunited after years and years of separation. What's funny though, is that we Mrs. Friends might often go a couple months without all getting together because we were all so busy. One of the Mrs. Friends said that it took one of us moving away in order for all three of us to drop everything to spend some time together! To my surprise, it was true! So we enjoyed each other's company and had a great time. The three of us Mrs. Friends had also gotten together a couple days before to have lunch at the other Mrs. Friend's house, which was also a very sweet time for us to celebrate our friendship.
BLOGGER MEETUP TONIGHT!!
I am very excited to be attending a blogger meetup this evening. Our local newspaper is sponsoring an event for mommy bloggers in our area, and I have been invited by another blogger to attend! We will be meeting up at Mr. Food's No-Fuss Meals. There will be free wine and snacks, plus we get to put together a meal for our family at no cost. It's gonna be fun!! I'll let you guys know how it goes.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
"Can you bring your kids over here today for their tutoring session?"
"OK, but I can't do it now. I'll call you later. Will you be free this afternoon?"
"Great. I'll call you when I get back from my errands and we'll schedule a time."
Shortly after this conversation, Lance decides to go down for a nap. I decide to take a snooze, too, since I'm exhausted after all the travel. My phone rings while I'm sleeping. I don't answer it because I know Lance won't sleep very much longer and I will call the person back then. I close my eyes and drift back to sleep.
15 minutes later, a knock at my door. Bleary-eyed and fuzzy-tongued, I answer the door. It's my students and their mother.
"I called you and left you a message to tell you we were coming!"
"I was sleeping. I haven't checked my messages yet."
"I'm so sorry! Should we skip it?"
"No, come on in."
Her 4-year old bounds into the house screaming and yelling, and wakes up Lance. Grr.
She lets her 4-year old eat Lance's lunch!!!!!!
Can you believe it?
Lance is sleeping again. I still have to unpack, make a grocery shopping list for this evening, make arrangements to get my car fixed, apply for a student loan for next semester, and find an oral surgeon to remove my wisdom teeth.
That's a lot to do in a short naptime.
Have a great day!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
This is weird. No, I'm not pregnant-- just finished my cycle yesterday. Will schedule a checkup with my doctor when I get back home. In the meantime, I'm going to drink lots of water and try to stay out of the sun for prolonged periods.
Friday, July 4, 2008
So I elected to come spend the week with my mom and my sister. So far, we have:
1. Made homemade play-dough and spent hours squishing it and rolling it into balls and snakes
2. Played with bubbles
3. Ran through the sprinkler in the front yard
4. Visited the swans and geese at the lake in the center of town
5. Had a "Sister's Night Out" in which grandma stayed here and put Lance to bed for me
To come later in the week- a trip to the box office of our performing arts center to buy tickets for Craig Ferguson and Pink Floyd, a shopping excursion to the Downtown Disney Marketplace, and hopefully a visit with an old friend I haven't seen for nearly a year.
Oh and of course, lots of trips to Starbucks. Normally, Starbucks is a once-in-awhile treat. I figure, though, if Hubby can spend hundreds of dollars on train tickets to go do something fun without me, I can blow some cash on expensive coffee every day for a week.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Not the baseball players.
He's a civil war reenactor and it is the 145th anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg.
Lance and I are staying with my mom and sister, and we have big plans.
Aquarium, museum, parks, old friends...
It's going to be fun.
I may be absent from Blogland for awhile. Then again, maybe I won't.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I believe I have mentioned once or twice that I'm in a rock band. *grin* Well, we rock band members often communicate via e-mail. Just a few moments ago, I received a message from one of the band members. The email was sent to the entire group although the content was directed at one member in particular. This member's name is Jon. My name is Jen. (I just like to pretend to be Guinevere Meadow. It sounds so much more mysterious and foreboding.)
Anyhoo. This email said "Hey Jon, please send us all the pictures you took at such-and-such an event last week."
Because I'm a dork and I didn't read carefully, I thought the message said, "Hey Jen, please send us all the pictures you took at such-and-such an event last week."
Trouble was, I wasn't at this particular event. I certainly didn't take any photos.
So I hit "reply all" and proved to the whole band that I can't read. I said something to the effect of, "Hey guys, I wasn't at this particular event, and I certainly didn't take any photos."
I am sure I will be mocked mercilessly for years to come. They're still mocking me for the time spell-check changed "Jen" to "Ken" and I didn't catch it.
To try and desperately recover some shred of dignity, I sent the following three emails to the group once I caught my blunder:
Oh for heaven's sake. I'm such a dork.
Ignore me, please.
Jon, Jen, Ken....
And would it trouble you all to know that just prior to reading Ivy's message and mistaking "Jon" for "Jen," I was writing a lesson plan to teach a kindergarten student about phonics and letter recognition??!!! Yes, I really was...
The letters are just swimming around on the screen. Perhaps I'm slightly dyslexic.
Ken, I mean Jen, I mean Jon, I mean Ron, I mean Rob, I mean.... who the heck am I??!!!!!
I hereby insist that we change the spelling of Jon's name to "John" so that I won't get confused again. Or maybe we could just rename him to something else entirely that won't be confused with anyone else in the band. "Eugene" perhaps, or "Geraldo."
-Jim Ken Jon Jo-Bob Billy Sue Luanne Suzy Q.
I'm glad I have a sense of humor and can laugh at myself.
Friday, June 27, 2008
How? you ask.
I am diversifying!
So I have been spreading my dollars to other sectors of the clothing market. I am helping to provide jobs for whomever it is that makes the clothing which ends up in my closet.
The great thing about it? At these other stores, I am one size smaller.
Makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it?