Showing posts from May, 2010



Ow! Ow! Ow!

Allan has been taking Nugget running.  Since I took him yesterday he decided to give Nugget's paws a break.  The poor dog has been crying and complaining and has had his nose stuck to the window.  Allan is in for it when he gets back.

Back in Pullups

After making it 26 dry nights followed by 1 wet night we put David in underwear at night.

Then he peed the bed 3 nights in a row followed by 1 dry night and then another wet night.  He's back in Pullups at night now.  There are 27 in a pack and so far he's been wet in the first two.  I hate to take a step backwards but I hate getting up in the middle of the night even more.

Woo Hoo!

I've reached the ability to run 2 miles one day and not have to take ibuprofen the next.  I'm having fun and I actually look forward to running.

My ultimate goal is now to run from my mom's house to my sister's when I visit in July.  Assuming Allison will drive me back and/or come and get me if I collapse on the way and my mom will watch my kids.  I'd better plan a 6 am start so they'll be sleeping most of the way, it will likely take me an hour and a half.


Loppers:  connection instruments, i.e. the velcro straps on Thomas' shoes, the string to tie my bathrobe.

Thanks, Nugget

Nugget could tell I'm having a slow-start kind of day so he did what any compassionate dog would do.  He licked Thomas' oatmeal bowl clean so I wouldn't have to spray it clean in the sink.  I'm going to give him a treat for being so helpful.


We lived in California for less than a year.  In that short amount of time we discovered that everything is more expensive there (except produce in season.)  Our rent was outrageous.  Taxes were high.  Even our vehicle registrations cost significantly more.

Yesterday I discovered that California was holding up my Connecticut nursing license.  I paid to have CT verify my previous licenses through a database called nursys.  Ohio, Massachusetts, thirty bucks total, no problem.  But California doesn't use nursys and they require a $60 fee to verify a license.  How annoying!  Especially since I was able to use their own database and find my old license number.  Hopefully we'll be living in CT all of my working days because I'm sick of sending money to the state of California.

Must Be Golf Night

Stab your supper: hot dog, mozzarella, and carrot coins with pineapple tidbits.

Pro Crastinator

I've had three things bugging me lately.

1.  Prescriptions.  I use an inhaler on occasion and take a prescription migraine drug on occasion.  I have one pill and probably four puffs left.  I've been resisting making an appointment with my new doctor because I'm afraid they won't be able to see me soon enough and I'll run out of meds.  Yes, I realize how stupid that is but I'm paralyzed and always find another reason not to make that

2.  Contacts.  I went to my new eye doctor the day we moved into this house.  He put me in new lenses.  I wore them for two weeks, liked them and ordered a year's supply.  Then I decided I didn't like them.  The box came in the mail and I put it in our desk unopened.  It's still there and I'm still wearing the pair of lenses from December 1st and they are supposed to be replaced monthly.  I don't want to hurt my new guy's feelings.  Or I'm afraid the new lenses will be wasted.

3.  Nursing lic…

Dinosaur State Park

"On August 23, 1966,  fossil tracks were uncovered during excavation for a state building. When Edward McCarthy turned over a slab of gray sandstone with his bulldozer, he saw a large footprint with three toes.  The news of the discover spread quickly as more tracks were uncovered. Within a few weeks, officials decided to preserve the site as a state park. As a result of careful excavation, the park has one of the largest on-site displays of dinosaur tracks in the entire world."  -Dinosaur State Park Website.You can see the tracks in the picture above.  Thanks to Aunt Nancy for the recommendation, we had a great time.

Party Plan

Party planner is in my new job description.  No longer can we afford to spend $300 on an all-inclusive destination birthday party.  Yeah, I guess we never could afford it which is why we only did that a couple of times.  It sure was easy to book online and then do nothing more than show up.  But I've learned that most kids are just as happy to go to someone's house and get cake and a treat bag.

So I'm using the resources that I have and planning a LEGO party for Alex's birthday.  Prizes and favors...done!  Cake...should be pretty straightforward with a loaf pan and some frosting covered marshmallows.  I need game and food ideas please!


David saw this picture in McDonalds' drive through, "Look Mommy!  It's Piss in Boots!"

Review: Nike+iPod

So I've been jogging. I'm doing the Couch to 5K program.  Yesterday I hauled my ass up to the Apple store to buy the Nike+iPod sensor.

Since I don't have Nike shoes right now there is no place for me to put the chip.  I can feel it inside my sock, it rubs inside my shoes so I stuck it under my laces but was afraid it would fall out.  I think I'll just stick a piece of duct tape over the laces.  A slave to fashion I am not.

I liked that it keeps track of my distance and speed and I just press the button on my phone and a lovely lady tells me all of the above.

I was debating getting a Garmin Forerunner watch that does the same things, is secured on your wrist and has a rechargeable battery (the Nike sensor has no replaceable battery, they just advise you to get a new one when it wears out) BUT I decided that I want to always have my phone with me just in case I need to dial 911.  Or the Pizza Delivery Place.

And I paid just $19 for the sensor and the Nike app was prel…

Loads of Fun

Shortly after Thomas was born my mother taught me how to get my laundry under control.  I could no longer do a load or two every day because I could always find an excuse to not do two loads, it would build up and I'd get this.

Her system is to take all clothes, sort, wash, dry and put away in one day and do this marathon twice a week.

I've kept it up.  My laundry days were Monday and Thursday and come hell or high water I'd get it done.  Until I realized that Thursdays were infinitely more pleasant because I didn't have to split the darks up into two loads and the whites were small enough that I could include our bath towels.  So I started doing every three days.

It sucks.   I hate to keep track, every day feels like it should be a day off, Sundays are awful because I usually don't start until after one o'clock.

So I'm back to Monday and Thursdays.  And I'm thankful as hell that today is Wednesday.


David was watching me change Thomas' diaper.  "My penis is bigger than his penis!"  I bit my tongue and agreed.

Don't Ask Don't Get Junior

I told David to get his shoes on because we were going to the store.  He told me we were going to the Strawberry Juice Store.  I said okay because you can't argue with the kid.  Fortunately for him Aldi had this juice in it's 'Special Buy' section which means it won't be there next time we go to the store.

Nice Pants

During the Super Bowl I entered a contest to win a pair of pants from Dockers and got the 'you're an instant winner' screen.  After a week I hadn't heard anything so I sent them an email.  They responded with a code to use on their website.  A month went by and Allan tried to use the code to order his pants.  The code didn't work so I emailed them again and they told me it had expired but if I called their 800 number I could order the pants.  I did.  I still haven't received the damn pants and since you couldn't choose which ones (only the size) it's not worth bugging them again since Allan likes a certain style.  I am tempted to send in a picture of Allan wearing no pants (like their commercial) to protest.

Italian Pasta and Bean Soup

4 slices turkey bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup ditalini pasta
1 16 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper to taste
*Spray dutch oven with nonstick spray.  Brown turkey bacon.  Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.  Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add broth, water and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil.  Add pasta and beans and simmer 8-10 minutes until tender.  Serves 4
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated 30 minute suppers magazine because I couldn't mess with pancetta or fresh rosemary.  But that's just me.

2Good 2Be True-Wasn't

So last weekend Allan got a new TV.  He had made it 40 years living off his dad's hand-me-down sets and the latest version finally bit the dust.  Jim must like his current tv ;)

Wait, I take that back.  We still have an old Mitsubishi set in our bedroom but Allan wasn't interested in replacing a 42" set with a smaller one.

So I listed the broken Sony Vega on Craiglist simply to avoid having to pay to dispose of it.  A guy told me he'd pay me $50 to hold it for him.  I agreed but had the feeling I was creating an email paper trail leading to my own murder.  Who offers someone $50 to hold an item they're giving away?

John was here a half hour ago.  He added our Vega to his van full of other Vegas and gave us $50.  I'm still alive.

The real question is this: Jim, do you want the $50 because it's in Allan's wallet and generally speaking Allan's wallet doesn't cough money up very easily.


Me: "Quit farting on your brother and get ready for baseball."

The joy of boys.


Our Fisher Price bus like this (2001 model) just hit 250K miles. At least.


Instead of buying individually wrapped bags of 100 calorie snacks for Alex to bring to school I bought a box of Cookie Crisp cereal and used a measuring cup to put the cereal in ziploc bags. Time spent: 10 minutes
Money saved: $1.45

Instead of using prepackaged taco seasoning mix I used this recipe from Jonni Mccoy's Healthy Meals for Less book:

Mexican Seasoning Mix This can be used for either taco or chili seasoning. Makes 5 mixes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes 1/4 cup flour
2 T. chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
4 tsp. salt
4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. oregano Put all of the ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend until powdery for 5 seconds or less (don't over blend). Use the "pulse" feature if your blender has one. Add more cayenne powder if you prefer it hotter. Store in an airtight container for up to six months. Three tablespoons of this mix equals one packet of store-bought taco or chili seasoning mix.



The Plan

I've paid for WW so many times over the years and I always end up with a 3 month commitment to save money and always end up quitting before the end of my time. I've also been on it so many times that I really don't need what they have to offer except tracking.

I found this iphone app and paid just $2.99 for it. It tracks calories, water, nutrients weight and excercise and has a corresponding free web account.  It's



It hit me this morning.  I weigh about the same as I did exactly nine years ago.  Except back then I was 8 months pregnant.  My small changes are having zero effect so it's time for something drastic.  Ah!


My life is such that it's easier to take the kids home and make homemade hot dog buns than to take them to one more store to get them.  Picture Thomas fighting to get down while on my hip at CVS with my wallet in one hand ready to pay and his shoe in the other all the while David is rearranging the candy display.

Mothers Day

How badly do I want to milk Mothers Day?  I guess it depends on how much I want to suffer on Fathers Day.

I had a lovely breakfast of homemade belgian waffles with bacon.  I went to church by myself and it was a breath of fresh air to not be wrestling with a monkey during communion.

I read my book until my eyes closed and took a nap and now I'm eating ice cream at the computer while Allan, Alex & David are out buying a new TV.

I haven't changed a single diaper nor filled single sippy cup with milk.  Three cheers for Mothers Day!!!


If you're shopping online anyway, why not use my Upromise link to the right in my sidebar.  I won't be able to see who used it or what you bought but my boys will get college money, usually 1-4% of your purchase price.  To date we've earned over $500 which I roll into the boys' 529 accounts.  And for the record, I've divvied up the investments so Alex gets 34% and David and Tom each get 33%.  Subsequent children, we've come a long way since Esau and Jacob.


from the Cusinart waffle maker recipe booklet

Waffle Mix 5 cups flour 1 cup wheat germ 1 cup buttermilk powder 3 tbsp sugar 3 tbsp baking powder 2 1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp cream of tartar *Combine with a whisk.  Store in airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.  You can store in the refrigerator for ultimate freshness.
Waffle Mix Waffles, makes 4 1 3/4 cup Waffle Mix 3/4 cup milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil *Mix well and let rest five minutes.  Bake according to waffle maker's directions.  296 cal 9g fat 2g fiber Oatmeal Raisin Waffles, makes 12 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar 3 cups flour 2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned, not quick) 4 tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp baking powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3 cups buttermilk 4 eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/3 cup raisins *Whisk dry ingredients.  Add buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla.  Whisk until smooth.  Sitr in raisins.  Let rest 5 minutes and bake according to waffle ma…

Childrens Day

Someone on Facebook asked me to support children's day.  Sorry, today's parents do not need an excuse to further indulge their children.  Every day around here is children's day.  How about hungry children's day?


Half hour of quiet. Thank you to Curious George. Then it starts again.

Small Changes

I've been on WW enough times to realize that it works well for me.  I lose 10-20 pounds in 6 weeks and then...I fall off and gain it back.  I'm ready to lose a few pounds but this time I'm resisting a big dramatic diet.  I'm simply not eating anything after dinner.  I can have a mug of green tea.  That's it.  If this 'sticks' for six weeks I'll make another small change.  Because my basement got much cleaner when I committed to 15 minutes a day instead of a big huge all-day event.

Big Plans

I went to bed around ten.  Allan woke me up when he came to bed.  Thomas woke up crying after 11.  I gave him some ibuprofen and put him in between us.  I woke up after midnight and returned him to his crib.  Alex came in and woke us up after that because Nugget woke him up and needed to go out.  Allan took him out. Thomas woke up crying again around two and I took him into the spare bed in Alex's room where he tried to steamroller me repeatedly and I also woke up several times to the sound of Alex grinding his teeth.  At 5:30 Tom was up with the sun and rather than wake Alex or Allan up I took him downstairs where he watched TV and I snoozed until it was time to get in the shower and take David to school.

So I signed David up for lunch bunch and planned to take a nice nap while Tom napped this morning.  I spent an hour sorting laundry, vacuuming and cleaning the kitchen from 9:30-10:30 while he slept.  And of course, just as I was getting into a nice drool-forming sleep he woke u…


Alex is having a great season so far.  Doubles, singles, double plays, I think I understand.  I played softball as a youth and the only time I hit the ball was when the ball hit my thumb and dropped a few inches in front of me.  I made it to first and later lost that thumbnail.  But this isn't about me.  Oh, wait, it's my blog and it's all about me!

Recipe Rut

I needed some inspiration for my
May menu. I found an old magazine with tear out recipe cards for 30 minute meals. Here's the list:
May menu
Seared scallops with lemon, pea, and mint orzo
Stir fried curry rice noodles with shrimp
Cheesesteaks with peppers and onion
Cod with leeks, tomatoes, and olives
Pineapple pork fried rice
Spicy chicken subs
Beef and broccoli stir fry
Quick beef proven├žal
Foil-baked fish with black beans, corn, and chopotle
Sausage and tortellini soup with spinach
Penne, chicken, and mushrooms with sage cream sauce
Pasta with broccoli rabe, white beans, and bacon
Italian pasta and bean soup
Campanelle pasta with squash, spinach, and prosciutto
Quick turkey curry with potatoes
Roasted paprika chicken with braised green beans
Open-faced turkey sandwiches with mushroom gravy
Creamy caraway and apple chicken
Pork chops with sweet potato and whiskey sauce
Thai curry chicken with sweet potatoes and green beans
Spicy chicken fideo soup
Crisp-skinned bourbon chicken

17 Months

Thomas is a talker not a walker.  He is like a little parrot.  David very sweetly told me he wanted to get in the bathtub with Tom the other day, "because he's my best friend!"  Even though he steals David's toys and sabotages his Legos.

The little guy has an appointment for his 18 month checkup on June 2nd so he has exactly 30 days to learn to walk.  He has another ear infection right now so we'll give him a few days to recover and then it's walking boot camp!  He took 4 steps to Alex on two occasions yesterday but neither of them were witnessed by an adult and Alex also is very starry eyed when it comes to Thomas so I kind of have my doubts.

Green Onions

I got the idea from this blog.  (And also this great shrimp recipe.)

I bought these green onions on April 18th!  Usually they turn soggy after three days in the refrigerator so even if they don't keep growing I'm happy.