Showing posts from February, 2010


Up until last week our basement hadn't been touched since the movers dumped 30-40 boxes marked 'bsmt' in it except when we needed something. And you can imagine how much fun searching for something is, it's like finding a needle in a haystack.

So I started setting a timer for 15 minutes during Thomas' nap time and getting to work with the promise that I can stop when the timer goes off. Some days I quit at the beep and some days I'm on a roll but either way I promised myself at least 15 minutes a day until the job is done.

So far I've uncovered my long lost apron. There's no sign of our cordless phone or our crock pot. I did find a box marked 'toys' that did not contain a single toy. Somehow I hope the very last thing I uncover is that cordless phone so I'm not tempted to quit the job before it's done like we did in our last house. I cringe when I see a box with three different colored moving stickers on it!


Dannon just settled a lawsuit and is agreeing to pay up to $45 million for false advertising of Activia yogurt. Allan and I ate this stuff everyday for a good month but I don't have my receipts because it was over a year ago. You can submit for a up to $30 refund without receipts here or up to $100 with receipts. I loved the SNL spoof with a Jamie Lee Curtis look-alike crapping her pants in the middle of all the Activia commercials.


Right now David is playing in the playpen, Thomas is cleaning out a kitchen cabinet and I'm sucking my thumb.


Nugget Is having assues again. You know, ass issues. I'm going to have to go after the glands when Allan gets home.


'Or current resident' has received the following catalogs:
American Girl
Horse Fancy
Country Curtains

and there is zero chance that anything will be purchased from them!


Sears will replace any worn out but not outgrown kids' clothes purchased through their Kidvantage program.  I wish I would have known about this 5 years ago.  Alex wears holes in his jeans so quickly that he's already broken through a pair that I bought while living in this house!

Fine Chocolate

I had a play date today.  The other mother told me her son is like fine chocolate.  Absolutely wonderful but you need a break on a regular basis.  I think I'll have her over again!

Joke of the Day

A mother was preparing pancakes for her young sons.  The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.  Their mother saw the opportunity for a lesson.  “If Jesus was sitting here,” she told them, “he would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake.  I can wait.’” The oldest boy turned to his brother and said, “You can be Jesus.”
Taken from Pastor Janet at Bethany Lutheran Church's Website.


So Nugget has been dropping and dragging again.  His anal glands must be bothering him.  I spent $76 for the vet to give him a five second squeeze and rather than try that again I did it myself.  I might have saved $76 but how much is my therapy going to cost?  Shudder!!


My mom and grandma bet me $100 that I couldn't wear a Burger King crown to the mall and to P.F. Chang's for dinner.  It may have been Phyllis' 83rd birthday but I got all the stares last night!


I spent $3.99 for my first 6 roses on the 12th and they are still beautiful.  I added a dozen more when they were buy one get one free on the 15th.  I've gotten so much mileage out of this beautiful bouquet and they are at peak today on Grandma Phyllis' birthday.

Frozen Assets

My mom made 4.5 dozen apple turnovers and 90 chocolate chip cookies for my freezer!
We just finished the last of Arlene's cookies about two weeks ago.

George Suit

Thomas in our new house, David at our old house and Alex at our first house. My mom sent that outfit when I found out I was pregnant with Alex in California so it has survived three moves!

Chocolate Pecking Order

the boys got Elmers chocolate hearts
the Grandmas got Russell Stover chocolate hearts
Allan got Ghiradelli chocolate hearts
and I got Godiva!

Diet Coke

From best to worst:
16 oz bottle
20 oz bottle
12 oz can
12 oz bottle
8 oz can
1 liter bottle
McDonalds fountain (big straw)
other fountain
2 liter bottle
any cold but flat
warm still fizzy
warm and flat and at this point I'll drink water

Hip Hip Hooray!

Our check to pay off our van cleared yesterday.  The only left is getting the title in the mail.  I can't wait to see if it feels any different behind the wheel!

We are now completely debt free except the mortgage.  Yay!


5:44 am:
"In anticipation of a snow storm there will be no school today."

And as of 7:58 I've seen a salt truck dumping salt but not a single flake.  Hmmm.....


I read a great book last year called

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John Miller
So I was so pleased yesterday afternoon when Alex complained of being extra hungry.   "Because I forgot my snack."  Not because you forgot to pack my snack or you forgot to remind me to pack my snack.  No, he didn't get a bailout snack from the teacher.  He went hungry.  And this morning as he ran to catch the bus I knew what was in his backpack today.



noun 1. The latest time by which bread must have been started to be served for dinner the same day. 2.  Noon eastern.

Hot Shower

Allan likes his showers HOT.  So he gets up, turns the shower on, returns to bed and I lay there and fret that he's fallen asleep.   We've been setting the dishwasher timer to run at 5-6 am and that sort of works but it's still not quite hot enough.  A tankless hot water heater would solve our problems unless any of you have a great idea.

English Muffins

Somebody must've told Big Y that Grandma Kathy is coming to visit!

Cherry Pie

It's a good thing my mother is still alive and therefore cannot roll over in her grave.  I made her famous sour cherry pie and since I didn't have fresh lemon and it was too overwhelming to drag the kids to the grocery store so I substituted two tablespoons of lemon jello powder for all the lemon stuff and then used only 2 tbsp of tapioca.  And ya know what?  You can't even tell.

Cherry Pie Filling 2 cans red sour pitted cherries, drained 3 Tbsp quick tapioca 3 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest ½ tsp cinnamon 1 cup sugar *Mix and let set while preparing crust.  Pour over crust in deep dish pie pan.  Top with second crust.   Cut steam vents.  Bake at 425˚ for 15 minutes then at 350˚ for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Ice Cream

Alex's school has ice cream for purchase everyday in the cafeteria.  At first I was annoyed because no kid needs to eat ice cream everyday.  But then I told him I would buy him an ice cream on Fridays and he was welcome to use his own money to buy it on any other day.  After a month in school he has only had ice cream on Fridays :)

Snow Baby

The boys were playing so nicely in the family room.  
Until I heard some strangely muffled crying.  And found David standing next to the door to the deck holding Thomas' feet and Thomas with his face in a layer of snow on the deck.  
I *think* David opened the door, Thomas crawled over and his heavy head slipped out and David was trying to help.  That's what I choose to believe anyway.  Meanwhile I'm going to have to brainstorm a way to keep David from opening the door.

The Can Opener

Thomas has just one tooth on the bottom.  I tried and tried to get a picture of it but he's shy.  Maybe it's because his Daddy says he looks like a can opener.

The Country

David keeps calling our pantry 'the country.' This morning he was yelling at Alex to open the country door for him because I put a child proof knob on the door. It's so cute I can't bear to correct him.


My sister posted this on Facebook: Go to and type your first name into the search. Copy and paste the first entry (no cheating and picking the one you like most!)

Someone that is of extreme greatness. Often considered as a god in some religions. Also means cool.

A formidable foe to normal people. intelligent, strong forceful. a weird hybrid of a bully and a nerd. As well as the first dictator of the America and king of the new peaceful world.

A Teenage white kid that has an abnormally large penis usually ranging to 7.5 inches to 8


Today is a wear yoga pants, listen to Sting, get 5 loads of laundry done and put away and keep the children reasonably happy kind of day.