Showing posts from October, 2006

Pumpkin Carving



I expected to come home from my first day back at work to find Allan cowering in the corner, dirty dishes piled up, a trail of dirty diapers on the floor, both boys crying, dog barking, etc.

Instead, he had taken them to church and sunday school, rented a carpet cleaner, cleaned the floor in our bedroom and did two loads of laundry. Both boys were dressed in appropriate clothing and David had a clean CLOTH diaper on. Nobody was crying.

I guess I'm fully replaceable after all.

Work was so awful I found myself calculating the number of hours I'd have to work at Dunkin' Donuts to bring home a similar sized paycheck and since it would probably be 80 or more I guess I'll keep plugging away.

Boo Hoo Hoo

I have to go back to work tomorrow. I've rather enjoyed my 12 weeks off. I'm lucky because I won't have to drop my kids off at daycare and worry about them being mistreated/neglected/exposed to viruses but it's still hard.

Especially since Allan needs a stay at home wife. He was only home before 7 once last week and that was to take Alex to Karate. He also works on his laptop after the kids are in bed every night. It's been during these last few weekends off that he's finally had a chance to tackle some household projects like hanging curtains.

And don't get me started on the lawn. If I worked as many hours as Allan does I would outsource the mowing. It takes him two hours to do and since I work every weekend he is going to have to squeeze it in between soccer and church and do it while David naps and that is if the weather cooperates. The service would charge $55/week. I think his time is worth more than that, don't you?

Anyway, I will no long…


Poor Alex has been stung by bees 5 times in his short life. Most recently this summer at a friend's house, at sports camp, and on my mom's deck in ND. So I can understand his irrational fear of bees (does that make it a rational fear?)-and now we have them in our house.

We were discussing hiring an exterminator over lunch last Saturday and Allan agreed with me that it is just not necessary yet. Just as soon as he finished telling me that, Allan got stung right at our kitchen table. Now he thinks we should hire an exterminator next spring. He says there is a substance that can be sprayed on the house so the bees will die just by landing on it. I'm totally against the idea-just when David will be crawling around and putting things in his mouth he wants to put deadly poison on the outside of the house. I know I'm the one who has not been stung but I'd rather be stung a few times than have pesticide sprayed on my house!

Allison's Wedding

This is the way to get married. In Vegas with nothing but your maid of momma and your best cowboy.

Men Make Dinner Day

Are you listening, Allan? Only 8 days left until national Men Make Dinner Day.


I heard the song Joey by Concrete Blonde on the radio today and I had a flashback to my freshman year of high school. My sister was a senior and it was her job to pick me up from school and bring me home (Minot has two separate campuses for grades 9-10 and 11-12). She would drive by my school in her ~10 year old mustard yellow Datsun pickup (AKA the Mustard Truck) and I'd have to jump in quickly because she refused to come to a complete stop. Then I'd have to listen to her sing "Joey" on all the way home. She hated me and I thought she was the greatest thing ever.

David loves to smile at Alex and I hope that their age differences will allow them to be friends their whole lives, not just when they become adults.

What kind of relationships did you have with your siblings while you were growing up and how are they different now?

3 Differences?

I can only find two differences between these two pictures....

Pumpkin Muffins

From Gourmet Magazine

1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15-oz can)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: 12 foil or paper muffin liners; a muffin pan with 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups

*Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put liners in muffin cups.
*Whisk together flour and baking powder in a small bowl.
*Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin-pie spice , 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flou mixture untiil just combined.
*Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.
*Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and a wooden pick or skewer inserted into center of a muffin comes ou…

Bath Schedule

We have two boys to bathe and put to bed. Alex needs a bath everyday, David needs one every 2-3 days. I want to figure out a schedule that divides this task equally among two parents with the following criteria:
*I want weekends off since I'll be working 12 hour shifts both days
*Allan needs Wednesdays off for photo club
*I need Thursdays off for book club
*I'd prefer to bathe two boys in one night and have the next night off while Allan prefers to do one per night with an occasional night off since he doesn't have time for twoper.
*Unfortunately, Nugget's way of bathing the boys is with his tongue and that just won't cut it.

Anyone who can come up with at schedule that is works gets a free one-year subscription to Scissorbill.

Weekend Update

*Alex scored a goal at soccer today.
*David slept from 10pm until I woke him up at 8am!
*Nugget seems to be better, no more diarrhea and he's eating well again.
*We went apple picking this morning, it was a perfect fall day in New England, the air was crisp, the leaves were gorgeous and the apples were delicious-no comparison to the ones sold in supermarkets.
*My sister is getting married today in Las Vegas.
*This is my last full weekend off before I have to go back to work. Ugh.
*There was a dead snake in our garage today. Ugh Ugh.

Worse Than DiarrheaDog

Allan took him to the vet this morning and spent over $200 on an office visit, antibiotics, a stool test, and 6 months' worth of fleat/tick and heartworm meds. Oh, and a few cans of bland doggy diet. It would be cheaper if it was one of the boys! And we either need to have him groomed or comb the skid marks off his butt hair and tail. Double ewwwww!!!

Dog Diarrhea

And I'm the one who gave him mesquite marinated chicken. Ewww......

An Open Letter to My Husband

Please stop flipping to a new check when you write a check out of the checkbook because when I write a check I automatically get the next one ready and you don't so when you write a check (which I realize is not often, but still) there is always a blank one in the sequence prior to your check and then Quicken gets all pissy at me. Thank you.

No babies were harmed in the taking of these pictures



This morning I woke up with a pair of double D's! David slept from 10pm to 5am and after a quick feeding slept until 8. He's been getting a bit better every night-Saturday I had D cups, Friday they were C's....on a bad night I'll deflate all the way to A's.
I feel like a million bucks!

Why I Don't Want Anything For Christmas

It all started in oh, I'd say February when I read a book called, "Not Buying It: My Year Without Spending." I started thinking about the unecessary spending that I do. I'm pretty frugal by nature so I usually get good deals on things but of course 40% off of something you don't need is still too much. David was due in August and my mom wanted to know what baby gear we needed. I took a good look and realized that we didn't need a thing. We have all the big items and clothes since Alex was born in the summer and he was also a boy. There are a few gadgets that we don't have but we're slowly outgrowing our 2000 square foot home and I mostly blame toys for this......anyway, to make a long story short we requested no gifts for David's birth. I think most people were relieved. And I don't regret it a bit.

Since it's October already I'm looking forward to the Christmas season. In the past, I've started racking my brain and browsi…


Me (to Allan): "Have you seen the baby (rectal) thermometer?" (I just used it last week....)
Allan: "No"
Alex: "It's under my pillow."
Me: "Why is it under your pillow?"
Alex: "I had to check my mouth"

Book Recommendations

LIfe of Pi by Yann Martel
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
The Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Little Children by Tom Perrotta
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Buy Nothing Christmas


David James, Child of God

Or, I should have gotten my hair cut before the baptism. Or, the last time I was in this church was for my dad's funeral. Or, I wish Allison and Karter would have planned their wedding a few weeks earlier so they could have the same last name on the baptismal bulletin. Or, I can tell Allan is panicking because he's handed his camera to someone else to use!

Five Generations


Scissorbill is Out of the Office

We're leaving Oct 5th to visit my Mum in ND and her computer is in a box waiting for her new scraproom to be ready which is also why I have no comments. Mom's offline.

Hopefully by the time I get back I should have my new blog decorations up thanks to Zoot. I'll paypal ya the fifteen bucks after I get back.

Oh, and David will be baptized on Sunday!

2 Months

He's a very serious baby.


I had the pleasure of taking Alex to his soccer game on Saturday. He paid attention to his coaches/the game about 27% of the time. And one of his coaches was in full police uniform, complete with a gun. At what point is he a typical boy versus a boy with attention deficit disorder? When I compare him to his peers he seems to be one of the worst.....

And his poor kindergarten teacher--the class has 4 girls and 15 boys!