Showing posts from March, 2007


It's a good thing my mom didn't have a blog when I was growing up!

Alex has wet the bed three nights in a row. Allan gets up and changes his sheets and I take care of the mess in the morning. Except the first night-I made him wash his own sheets. It didn't seem to help. Tonight we're resorting to bribery. I have an obnoxious candy baby bottle that you dip in a flavored sugar powder. If he continues to wet the bed I might have to put him back in diapers at night.

Happy Birthday, Grandma Roll!

What the heck does 99 feel like? And is it weird watching your granddaughter as a grandmother?
And sorry to Allan because I made him drive me from Ohio to North Dakota 9 years ago because after deciding not to fly home for her 90th birthday I had a sick feeling that she wouldn't hit 91 and cried until he agreed to take me. Now if I cried he'd probably just tell me to deal with it!

Procrastinating Patriots

Allan belongs in New England. We get an extra day to do our taxes because Patriot's Day is April 16th.


Patient: Nugget S.
Diagnosis: laceration, driver's side paw
Treatment: glue, bandage, 10 days on doggie augmentin
Fee including Rx: $100

Patient: David S.
Diagnosis: croup
Treatment: steam alternating with cool air, oral prednisone to have on hand
Fee including Rx: $15

Hmm, I think next time Nugget is sick I'm going to take him to the pediatrician. I'll act all offended if they point out that he's a dog.

Coconut Cream Pie

1 cup pastry flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. powdered mlk
2/3 cup vegetable shortening

5 1/3 cups milk
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
6 eggs
Pinch of salt
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (1 Tbsp. of them lightly pan-toasted)
1 2.6 oz. box Dream Whip whipped topping mix

1. For the pie dough: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk flour, milk powder, and salt together in a bowl. Mix in shortening with your hands until lumps the size of marbles form (do not overmix). Make a well in center and pour in 3 tbsp. water. Dig in and pull mixture up and over, without squeezing, until a soft dough forms. Pat dough into a 5" disk and transfer to a ligthly floured surface.

2. Roll dough into an 11" wide circle and transfer to a 10" disposable aluminum pie pan. (Press together any tears.) Press dough against edges of pan to trim away edges. Place another 10" pie pan inside, sandwiching the dough; press down gently. Bake pie shell upside…


David has his first fever. Not bad with an older vector brother in school.

Poor Dooger!


In Other News

*I dropped a jar of baby food on the garage floor and thought I cleaned up all the glass...Nugget cut his paw and and now as Alex puts it I'm "responsible."

*David has slept from 8pm to 7am without waking for the last two nights! Yay!

*My friend at work's 16 year old daughter suddenly delivered a term 5 pound baby girl on Thursday having had no idea that she was pregnant.

*Alex has the opportunity to be in a multi-age classroom with 1st and 2nd graders next year. He would be in that class for both years. We can't decide what to do.

*I bought a bunch of pink gerbera daisies on March 9th and just threw them out last night, and they looked pretty good up until about Saturday.

*You can make your own fresh floral preservative with 1 pint of lukewarm water, 1 tsp bleach, 1 tsp sugar, and 2 tsp lemon juice.

*Since Alex was born in 2001 I have cut his fingernails one time. I've taken him for a haircut two times. Allan is fully responsible for the upkeep of 3 head…


Ah! I can't breathe deeply enough!


Or should I say what started out as the kitchen but has now snowballed into the kitchen, dining room, deck, etc.

Horton Hatches an Egg

The first line in Horton Hatches an Egg reads:
"Sighed Mayzie, a lazy bird hatching an egg: "I'm tired and I'm bored And I've kinks in my leg from sitting, just sitting ..."

I read that to Alex for his bedtime story. Except I started out saying Sigged Mayzie, thinking it was a name. And he corrected me. It's not the first time that he's corrected me, but usually I stumble because I'm reading too quickly or slip in or leave out a word. But this time I just got it wrong. And of course he caught me. I was pretty embarrassed but I guess I might as well get used to it.

Obsess Much?

When I do the dishes I have to first clear and wipe the table. Then I wash the high chair tray (no small feat these days.) Then I load the dishwasher and clear and wipe all the counters except for a 12" square to the right of the sink. Only then can I begin to handwash the handwashables. And I have to have an empty bladder. I can only take a break between clearing/gathering and handwashing no matter who is crying. I do it this way because about 10 years ago I did the dishes and thought I was done only to turn my head and find a big nasty pot on the table. There's nothing worse than thinking you're done or even almost done and then find more to wash.

House and Home

Alex had two of his 6 year old friends over after school yesterday. I popped a bag of popcorn which disappeared in 5 minutes. Then they wanted yogurt, so they each had one. Then the wanted another yogurt and I said no. So I offered them apples. Alex and James had apples but Matthew wanted a bagel with jelly. I said (hell) no to the bagel and jelly. Then I was making lasagna and they wanted some of the cheese, so I gave them each a small dish of shredded cheese. I stopped feeding them at this point but over the next 45 minutes they asked for a popsicle, a cookie, a piece of gum and even another yogurt. I fear for my grocery budget when they are 16 and David is eleven!

It Likes Me!



"I don't like the washcloths at your house...they're too thick...I can't get them in my ears."

Maybe it's because I don't want them in your ears!


1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) READ
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) NOT INTERESTED
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) READ
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) READ
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) NOT INTERESTED
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) "
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) "
8. Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery) READ
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) NEVER HEARD OF
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) NEVER HEARD OF
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) READ
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) WANT TO READ
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) READ
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) READ
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) READ
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling) READ SORCERER'S STONE
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald) NEVER HEARD OF
18. The Stand (Stephen King) NOT INTERESTED
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling) READ

How Long Until I Kill This?

I've read The Orchid Thief and enough Nero Wolfe to know that it won't be long!

Baby Jail



The scene: early am, David in our bed, nursing. Allan & I, asleep.
David: "Chomp!"
Me: "OWWWWW!!!!!!!"
David: "Waaahhhhh!!!"
Allan: "Poor baby, poor Mommy!"


It got up to seventy degrees today! I took Alex to the playground. After 45 minutes I told him, "Five more minutes" he proceeded to whine and complain and then I told him, "Okay, we're leaving now then" and I started walking to the car. He burst into tears, of course, but I didn't waver and away we went. You could've knocked the other moms over with a feather.


We've eaten dinner in all month! We're going to try to make it until the end and then celebrate with a nice dinner out on April 1st. I'm trying to get Alex to agree to go TV-free for the month of April. So far he's willing to do it if we can have chocolate covered ice cream with springtime Oreos on it on April 30th. We just have to get Allan on board.


Allan: "You need to get some breakfast"
Alex: " I still need to brush my teeth"
Allan: " you can do that after you eat"
Alex: "remind me"
Allan: "okay"
Alex: (while sailing down the stairs) "peanut butter bumpers, here I come!!!"

Daylight Savings Time

Last night I got into my car at 7:30pm. I set my clock ahead to 8:30. As I pulled into the driveway I glanced up and saw that the clock read 9:00 and I spent a whole second wondering how the hell I got home so late!

Goose Stew

My sister and I send eachother CD mixes and since we call eachother Goose we call the CDs Goose Stew. We're up to volume X and I love every single one! It's weird that I can't describe my taste in music but I know that if she really likes a song I'll like it too. Here's my latest combination:

Travelin' Soldier Dixie Chicks
All I Wanna Do Sheryl Crow
Walking on Broken Glass Annie Lennox
Iris Goo Goo Dolls
Allison Road Gin Blossoms
Til I Hear It from You Gin Blossoms
Walk on the Ocean Toad the Wet Sprocket
Making Love Out of Nothing At All Air Supply
Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon
Sister Christian Night Ranger
I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow
No Rain Blind Melon
Strawberry wine Deana Carter
Does Your Mother Know ABBA Gold
You're The Inspiration Chicago
I'm The Only One Melissa Etheridge


Here's my Netflix account summary for the past 5 months. Sad. We pay $10 a month for this. But it's cheaper than renting because the late fees are obscene. Especially when you watch movies like we do. We've had Da Vinci since January 10th and still haven't watched it!

Movies You Have Out
The Da Vinci Code, 2006 01/10/07 Out
Last 31-90 Days
Over the Hedge, 2006 12/27/06-01/10/07
Mr. and Mrs. Smith, 2005 10/05/06-12/27/06


I've been waiting for this day all week! And usually I just see Fridays as one day closer to a weekend full of work. But today I have nothing on the calender. The laundry is reasonably caught up. The house is fairly clean thanks to a crazy cleaning marathon on Tuesday. We've eaten in all week. I could do the bare minimum all day and then have dinner out!!!!!

Mom's Carrot Bars

4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
3 four ounce jars baby food carrots
*Preheat oven to 350. Mix well. Pour into two 9x13” pans. Bake 35-40 minutes. Frost when cooled.
1+½ cups powdered sugar
3 ounces softened cream cheese (I throw the whole 8 ounce brick in)
¼ cup margarine
1 tsp vanilla
*Beat until smooth. May need to add more powdered sugar to make it spreadable. Frosted carrot bars freeze well.


Alex: "I really like challah dipped in soup. Not tomato soup"
Me: "What would you say if someone asked you this...Alex, are you Jewish?"
Alex: "No"
Me: "What are you?"
Alex: "Republican"
Me: stifling a laugh "Who said you're Republican?"
Alex: "The news"
Me: "Well you don't have to decide now. You can wait until you grow up and see how you think"
Alex: "I think I'm a Republican!"

Pork Roast Problem

Here's my problem today*-we have to leave for swimming lessons by 3pm and I promised Alex we would play some games at Chuck E Cheese with his friend. That means we'll be home at six. If I put the roast in when I leave it will be done when we get home but I can't put the carrots and potatoes in or they'll get overdone and the potatoes and carrots are crucial. Could I do this in the crockpot? Cook the carrots and potatoes in the meat drippings somehow when I get home? Help!

Yesterday I also had a roast problem. I was going to make it for supper but at 3:00 I pulled it out of the fridge and noticed that it was dated sell by Feb 7. I bought it on Monday. So I had to take it back and come up with an alternate supper. By now I am dying for pork roast. And I'm working tomorrow evening. And Friday is too late. And why the hell can't I get a nice plate of roast pork, carrots and potatoes at Chuck E Cheese?

Mobile Baby

I laid David down on the floor next to my desk chair. After about a minute I glanced down and he had turned over the ice cream pail full of baby toys and was chewing on the pail. Thirty seconds later he had rolled about 4' away from the toys, near our bed. I glanced back at the computer and the next thing I know he's another 4' away, under the ironing board chewing on the iron cord. I knew this day was coming, but not this soon.

7 Months

Chews and makes piggy noises!
Grabs everything!
Adores big brother!



Wherein I Admit I Have a Problem

There are 24 products in our shower, not counting my razor. Four of these are Allan's. Even if I had one bottle each of shampoo, conditioner, conditioning shampoo, body wash, creamy body wash, in-shower body moisturizer, facial cleanser, facial exfoliant and shaving cream that would only equal 13 total bottles. I'm too scared to count what is under my sink. The sad thing is, I look like a one product woman.

Caption Contest #1

Caption this photo please. You guys are funnier than I am!

Multi Tasking

I'm blogging too!

Your Wind Song Stays On My Mind

There is a cup (thanks, Linda!) in Alex's bathroom that still smells perfumey since Grandma left in January despite 3 trips through the dishwasher and an overnight soak in white vinegar! And I thought the smoking was a problem...