Showing posts from December, 2009


Today: basketball, mom to airport, pick up boxes, clean out refrigerator
Tues: basketball, pack boxes, Jim & Arlene arrive to help
Wed: close on house, pack apartment as much as possible, turn 34
Thurs: moving day, eye appointment
Fri: unpack kitchen
Sat: basketball game, pick up Nugget, unpack
Sun: unpack! UNPACK!

Liar, Liar

I'm not a liar by nature. So why do I feel compelled to answer 'no' when the pay at the pump machine asks me if it's a debit card that I just swiped when I know the answer is yes. I feel like it's a trick question.


I've got David trained. When he's ready to have his butt wiped he yells, "Gramma I'm done!"

Bad Gift Award

I won the bad gift award this year. David opened up a package of candy, took one look at it and dropped it on the floor and kicked it away from himself.


Allan drove by Alex's school and said, "Look! It's the Cineplex."
Today is his last day. They've watched movies on Monday and Tuesday.


I've lost 9.5 pounds on Weight Watchers! With my stature that is almost noticeable.


We have ten says left until the move and my mom arrives tomorrow! I knew if I could make until 12/21 I'd survive!


Alex and his schoolmates were given backpacks full of school supplies by Santa Claus on Friday. We've donated school supplies for such gifts in the past and it feels very weird to be on the receiving end. And he's already sharpied his initials onto the thing so it's not like we can donate it next time. I sure hope Toys for Tots isn't handing out gifts next week.


Last night while Allan & I had our door locked David redecorated the bathroom with a bottle of bubble bath and the water pik and tried to clean it up with a combination of Kleenex, toilet paper and baby wipes.


Alex's class watched The Polar Express again yesterday. I'm annoyed that they watch movies in school. And I'm annoyed that they watched one movie three times. And I'm especially annoyed that it was that one! You already know how I feel about Santa Claus. It would be against the law to mention that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus this time of year but it's totally okay to celebrate the man in the red suit. I'm sick of all the political correctness.


My dear, sweet hubby came home with an orange bag from the AT&T store! I am in love. And blogging from the preschool parking lot. And armed with the fact that a sausage mcmuffin has 12 WW points while an egg mcmuffin with no cheese has only five!


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Alex has been in his current school for just over six weeks. So far they have seen the following movies:
The Lion King
The Snowman
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
The Polar Express (old version)
The Polar Express (new version)



On Saturday I decided to let Allan get me an iPhone for Christmas. So we went to the Apple store and discovered that they couldn't give me a Connecticut area code being just over the MA border. So I ordered a refurbished one from AT&T. On Monday I got an email saying they cancelled my order and I called to find out why and they told me my credit is frozen. I would have to fax a request to have it 'thawed' and then order the phone. So I ordered one in Allan's name and since I was impersonating him I got the nicer model ;) and today I got an email that it's out of stock. iQuit!

I would send him to the AT&T store nearby but by the time I do that they'll ship the original one and I'll have two 2-year contracts on my hands. I calculated that this thing is going to cost more than $1700 over those 2 years which is more than I paid for my first car and I still want one. If I can get one!!


The Lindt chocolate Santa Claus that I got for Allan's stocking has been calling my name for three weeks. Well, friends, he mocks me no more. All that's left is a gold ribbon and the nagging feeling that I need to pick something up for Allan's stocking!

Double E

Allan bought Alex a junior electrical kit.  It came with alligator clips, rubber bands, a couple of little light bulbs, a mini motor and a bell.   He's been wiring like a mad scientist ever since.  He wants to be an electrical engineer when he grows up.  I just hope he doesn't burn the place down before we move out!

Partners in Crime

I guess I need to put salt on the grocery list.

Keep This Door Closed



David started at his new school on Tuesday and had a great first week. And Alex is all set to start at his new school. Allan and I are both card carrying CT residents and soon we'll have the license plates to match.

Snow Day

It's going to be a long day.


Alex read the prayer and David lit the second advent candle in church on Sunday. O faithful and loving God,
we praise you for your tender compassion and give you thanks for your
steadfast love for us and all creation. Bless us who see the light of this wreath, that we may be strengthened by the hope of your advent among us, and live toward the completion of all things in you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen


I just went through a serious pain in the neck process to transfer my nursing license. I had to get a money order. A passport photo. Have the application notarized. Copy, cut and paste my current license. Request an official transcript. A real pain with two little ones in tow.

Getting a job will be easier than that!

I'm going to look for a per diem job that has very little commitment so I can keep my mind in the game and still raise my kids without daycare.

Red Flowers

Some people say 'point-setta,' some people say, 'point-set-i-a,' and then there's Allan. He says, 'point-setcha!'


We checked out the preschool at our church yesterday and signed David up to start on Tuesday. It's 5 minutes from our new house but 30 from here. He needs to go now, especially after he threw a tantrum because we had to leave after 20 minutes. I'll drive for now!

We started the registration process for Alex's new school today since he had a day off and they didn't. It's a really nice, small school and he can start right after Christmas vacation. And he has basketball tryouts tomorrow morning.

Then there's a winter carnival at our new town common complete with a visit from Frosty the Snowman!

Chicken Breasts Two Ways

Chicken Brocolli Penne Alfredo & Chicken and Almonds with Oyster Sauce
1 package boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3 big or 4 small)
1 jar alfredo sauce
1 bunch broccoli
1 package penne pasta
1 bottle oyster sauce (look by the Chinese food)
1 cup frozen peas
1 bunch green onions
1 bag slivered almonds
white rice
vegetable oil

Dice all the chicken and saute it in oil. Set half aside for tomorrow. Boil noodles adding broccoli when 2-3 minutes remain. Drain noodles and broccoli and toss with chicken and alfredo sauce.

The next night start the rice and then toast 1/2 cup or so of the almonds in oil in a wok or large saute pan. Remove from pan and set aside. Stir fry the peas, remove and set aside. Stir fry the chopped green onions, remove and set aside. Toss all ingredients together with the leftover chicken. Add the oyster sauce until it's good and juicy. Serve over rice.



A Year Ago

It seems like much longer than a year!


I went to Alex's school's monthly assembly today to watch his class perform a play. He was the narrator and did such a great job! He enunciated and projected and emoted (?) so well that I wonder if he has a future on stage. He is not pleased to have to read in church on Sunday but maybe after today's success he will change his mind.

It's going to be sad for him to have to change schools again when we move into the house but I think it's important that he meet some local friends and the timing is perfect-he'll start on the first day after Christmas vacation. I'll miss this great diverse school that he is in now. And they'll probably miss one great narrator!