Thursday, September 30, 2010
While running errands I acquired a booster seat/chair cover for Jack. He's too short to sit in the chair without having a hard time but too much of a big boy for an actual booster. This little seat cushion does the job quite nicely!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
There are lots of things that I think about during the day. Here are a few of the highlights:
Opening an Etsy shop. I love to paint, but I've run out of walls to hang things on (which is the real reason we're trying to move.) I'd also love to make a little cash, so marrying the two seems to make sense. I've entered art shows and such before but I was a kid, frankly the idea of putting time and effort into developing an Etsy shop, only to have things sit, lonely, unpurchased would feel an awful lot like rejection.
Build a home from 'scratch'. I would love to buy land and then buy a bunch of used shipping containers (like the ones FEMA finally started using after Katrina.) They're the right basic dimensions to create modest rooms and building a great room in the center and putting a roof on top wouldn't be that hard. Right? Besides, the idea of reusing on that kind of scale is so green it makes me squee!
Plural Marriage. I'm not talking scary FLDS, that's a whole different thing. That new TLC show Sister Wives has me thinking. Clearly, the practical applications of bringing another person into a marriage have some pitfalls (understatement.) But there would certainly be some benefits- more hands for laundry, cooking, cleaning, childcare, etc. A live-in friend for me, friends for the kids. Don't get me wrong making marriage work with only two people participating is hard enough sometimes. But if one could ignore or actually work through the challenges of that lifestyle there are certainly some benefits.
Writing a Book. I have thoughts and I'm an eensy bit narcissistic. I think I have the making of an author... maybe even a good one. I've started about 9 books, some fiction and some non-fiction so far and I have finished not a one. I'm limited by my attention span. I always get somewhere between planning & research and 20 pages before I get distracted, busy, lazy and the whole plan fizzles. Someday I swear I'm actually going to finish a book. Frankly, I don't even care if anyone would want to publish it. Finishing the damn thing would be satisfaction enough.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
... you cannot sell a house through sheer force of will. (Believe me, I've tried.)
... there are enough good ways to raise children in the world that it's impossible to claim that there is only one 'right' way.
... when fall comes it should stay. It should not go away and be replaced by 90 degree oppressive heat and swarms of stink bugs, thankyouverymuch.
... experimenting with new foods and new recipes brings me a remarkable sense of joy.
... L.L. Bean and Eddie Bauer have some of the cutest clothes.
I learned having kids is the best way to get a good deal on a car:
- Bring your small children with you because they will distract you enough that you'll seem uninterested even if you're very interested.
- Get their best offer and then tell them you have to go home and put the kids down for a nap... the offer will improve.
- Shop at the end of the month.
This morning, however, he woke up with new excitement for Mommy's new car.
Now if only I had a garage to park it in...
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sophia, Jack, Henry, Carter and Brooks.
(We miss you, Cady!! Tell your Mommy "Happy Birthday!)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
After having a hard time this summer with his second week of school I was nervous about how he would do today but he did great! We also saw Andrea, Andreas and Carsten from Mom's Group, as Andreas and Jack are going to be in class together!
Henry and I had some Henry-and-Mommy special time; at the grocery store, with a pumpkin spice latte.
I've thought about trying to be really productive while Jack is in school- running errands and all that. But I'm going to use this time to do something much more important to me- snuggle with Henry and maybe conduct the occasional cooking experiment.
Monday, September 20, 2010
This is clearly a sign of the times. Our lives are just too busy! Colin and Henry were fast friends.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I can't imagine how the Husband and I would have managed without them! They were very useful grandparents.
I took 96 pictures and have about 3 minutes of train video. Which is a mark of a good time!
Serioiusly, I'm marking the calendar for next year's trip. I cannot wait to do this again!!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
- when discussing backhoes, et. al. he often calls them "Construction marks."
- he hates, HATES having his nails clipped.
- even if you correct him, he'll correct you right back, it's a hiccup truck not a pickup truck.
- he says "Mommy, you're so pretty." every time I get dressed in anything other than yoga pants.
- he's a natural in the pool.
- he has very real opinions about what he wears each day. (loves his dino shirts).
- he loves, LOVES Cars, Ratatouille and Wall-E
- he will eat just about anything and is already willing to try taste-bites of new things in exchange for bribes.
Henry is also starting to show some quirks of his own:
- he could stand in his exersaucer for an hour or more playing with his toys.
- he's obsessed with his big brother and thinks that just about everything he does is worthy of a deep belly laugh.
- he's already making 4 distinct sounds by his babbling.
- he rolls with pure intention.
- he can tripod, but when he gets distracted (usually by watching Jack) he topples over.
- he loves to sleep and like his father is REALLY PAINFULLY slow to get moving in the morning, so if you try to get going earlier than he's ready you might as well try swimming up Niagara Falls.
- he will eat anything, especially Netflix mailing envelopes. (my bad).
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Don't get me wrong, she's just a human being, like the rest of us. I'm not one to think Oprah's word is law. Sometimes I totally disagree (though not very often). She does have a knack leave me with yummy food for thought. So I admit it, I'm intending to watch every. single. episode. this season.
Monday, September 13, 2010
The Husband brough this one home from work. Apparently this somehow related to the training class he was in today. (I don't see how, but like he said, I wasn't there.)
This one is an oldie but goodie. Always good for a laugh!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
The Husband works for the federal government. He does something related to being a computer nerd. Don't get me wrong, I love him and I love that he provides the $$ so I can stay home, but OH.MY.GOD when he talks about his job I want to paper cut myself to death. Sometimes I don't really understand what he's talking about and sometimes he talks in such great and unnecessary detail, which leads to glazed-eyes.
But when he talks about applying for promotions you bettah believe I listen! So he's applying for a job today and apparently HR has cooked up some cockamamie scheme where they ask applicants multiple choice questions to test their qualifications. He sent me one of the questions. I will now do my impression of the question he was asked by HR:
Do you have experience making breakfast?
A. Eggs come from chickens.
B. Puppies have wet noses.
C. Bread is a form of carbohydrate.
D. When you mix red and blue you get purple.
E. A squared plus B squared equals C squared.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I've been annoyed by most parts of the home-selling process but one of the things that bothers me the most is constantly being on hold.
Jack wore cloth diapers, he ate homemade organic baby food, I made stuffed animals, blankets, toys, a mobile for his crib and I painted. I wasn't constantly feeling like Julie Andrews or anything but I felt like I was doing more in my life, for me and for my little guy.
While we've been on the market we've done what's easy, what's clean, what's pre-packaged and I'm tired of it. Last week I made beef curry; my version of a coup isn't exactly revolutionary war or anything but it worked. This week Henry has his sweet baby booty in cloth and I'm making baby food as I type this. Deciding NOT to be on hold makes me channel George Bailey.
I have decided not to be on hold. I have decided to live.
Which brings me to an interesting poll. Would you rather see a movie in its original black and white or in the re-mastered color?
Monday, September 6, 2010
I dunked Henry in the tradition of Mommy & Me swimming by blowing in his face (so he'll hold his breath) and then dunking him gently. He was not a fan. He did however enjoy being held and kicking his legs in the pool.
Our little Evil Kinevel.