Showing posts from February, 2011

My Third Car

Yep, I rode this wearing a helmet to my job at Pizza Hut. I did have the fashion sense to put my uniform in a backpack. A helmet-yes, the former Geo Metro driver suddenly became safety conscious. Maybe it was due to the fact that my old junior high music teacher's husband and former classmate of my parents hit Allan on this bike as he rode it home from the bike store. Ouch. And he was driving a real car, not a Metro.

My Second Car

1993 Geo Metro. I should have stuck with the Reliant. Oh, hindsight. What should have been a fender bender turned into me totalling this car and spending the next two years without one.

Dork City

Well, it's official. I'm old. Alex parted with $25 of his allowance money to get this hat. And he won't let me bend the brim. I asked him if "DC" stood for "Dork City" and all I got was, "Mo-om!" in response.

The Bollywood Grill

Last night Allan and I took the kids to Kids' Night Out at the Y and tried Indian food. It was my first time. He had eaten with an Indian friend in California and the friend ordered several dishes and it was years ago so Allan couldn't remember what he'd liked.

I queried our waiter and he recommended chicken tikka masala with garlic naan and a mango lassi. It was fabulous! Except the lassi, which was a sweetened yogurt drink meant to help cool the mouth. I'm not a big fan of mango and I didn't like the sensation of drinking thick yogurt.

Allan had the Chef Special: meat samosa, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, lamb curry, saag paneer, dal, raita, basmati rice and naan. I was so proud of myself because I tried every single one of his dishes except the raita: raw vegetables in yogurt sauce. But I still liked my dish best and I'm eager to return during lunch when they serve a buffet. And I'm inspired to try to make naan.

Though, I'm fe…

My First Car

The year was 1992. I was 17 and paid around $1,000 for a 1984 Plymouth Reliant. His name was Reggie. He looked something like this:


DOMS-delayed onset muscle soreness or, the reason you can't get out of bed on Thursday when you did Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred on Tuesday. Ouch.

"What Did You Do Today, Honey?"

"A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a smal…

Valentine Flowers

Allan gave me this bouquet on the 11th and here they are today. Long lasting like our love!


It's time to say goodbye to my Saucony ProGrid Ride 2s. I ran my first race (Race for the Cure 5K in June) my first 10K (Old Wethersfield in August) and my first half marathon (Hershey in October) in these shoes. I almost hate to part with them but with over 400 miles it's time. I'll put them on a shelf in case I ever need a pair for a muddy trail and when my new shoes wear out I'll recycle them because I've already decided not to be a collector of old running shoes! My new shoes are the exact same make and model but they're pink.

Life With Children



Alex had a nailbiter of a game again today. For the first quarter they led by two, then trailed by two for the second quarter. Alex got a free throw so it was 19-20 for the third quarter and the last quarter it 21-20, 21-22, 24-22 and they finally won it 26-24.

And when my little boy was up at that free throw line I was an emotional wreck. I didn't play basketball so I really can't say for sure but I think it would have been easier if I was up there because I'd at least be doing something other than sitting on the sidelines feeling dizzy.

I happened to be next to some parents from the other team and when their son got fouled and was on the line to shoot the mother yelled out, "your dad will give you $20 if you make both shots!" And the kid did so there was a flurry of dollar bills being handed to the mom from what looked like grandparents and the dad and I had to bite my tongue I was so disgusted. It felt even better than usual to know we'd beaten that t…


My running plan has me resting yesterday and today and then doing a test 5K tomorrow to see how close I am to hitting my time goal (under 30 minutes.) And my kids are so used to going to the Y several times a week that I decided to take them anyway and check them into childcare and then go sit in the hot tub with my book and then when I'm done enjoy my shower without worrying what is going on in the house or having someone trying to open the shower doors and join me. Delicious! What am I waiting for?!

Lucky Charms

I caught a little David mouse on the floor of the pantry picking the marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms. They are now stored on the top shelf.

Grandma Applesauce

Around here it's not just applesauce it's 'Grandma applesauce' and it can be eaten any time of day including 7:30 am.

Valentine Flowers


Happy Valentine's Day


Cat Person

Thomas loves the cat that hangs out in our library. He chases it squealing, "Key Kat!" and when I pick the cat up he pets it gently and says, "so nice!"

Nugget, not so much. He pushes Nugget away and says, "Go away, Nugget!" and has just started saying, "bad dog." Ever hopeful Nugget will not give up trying to win him over.

Well Again

We're all healthy again with Thomas and I the only ones who didn't get sick. Allan was a bit queasy during the Super Bowl but I thought it was because the Packers won though now I think he was the first one with the virus.

So we're headed to the Y to check the monkeys into childcare until David's swimming lesson and then David has basketball and then Alex has basketball. Only three more three activity Saturday mornings and then we can look forward to a day off.

Speaking of days off they've now revised the school schedule due to all the snow days and there will be no February break. There go our plans to visit PA. Again. Nugget is the only one who is happy about that.

Nugget the $356 dog-a checkup, 6 months of heartworm & tick meds, a vaccine and a course of antibiotics for some sort of tick-like infection (anaplasma?) but I personally doubt that he really needs it because the vet mentioned he may get more spring in his step after a few days of treatment. I…


Alex: After eating eight Ritz crackers with pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese after school, "I'm thirsty but the doctor told me to avoid plain water because it might make me nauseous."

David: "If you smell a fart it was Thomas."

Thomas: At the vet while pointing to a cat skeleton display, "It's dinosaur bones!"


Alex complained of abdominal pain on Monday evening and again Tuesday morning so I kept him home and took him to the doctor. She thinks he had a mild version of the stomach flu that's been going around.

So I sent him to school yesterday. Then David woke up with a fever yesterday but insisted he was not sick. I kept him home from school which was a good thing because after falling asleep on the couch (very unlike David) he threw up all over the place. He's been feverish and subdued ever since.

And I'm going crazy. On Tuesday and Wednesday I put supper on the table, we ate and I fled to the Y, the library, Target, the grocery store, etc. anything to get out of this house and away from these sick children. With all my shopping and errands done tonight I think I'll drive to the end of the street and sit in my car and soak up the silence.

Allan's New Baby

Though I don't think they've fully bonded yet, he doesn't bring his phone to bed with him like I do.


Last night I sold the sit and stand tandem stroller first made famous by this post. I love/hate Craigslist. It took two weeks and about a dozen emails to get someone over here but when he saw it he snatched it up.

And today we decided enough is enough and got rid of Thomas' pacifiers. He was only allowed to use them in the crib but he figured out when we told him to throw the binky in the crib if he dropped it on the floor instead he'd be able to find it later. It took an extra hour for him to fall asleep during naptime today but he eventually did it so I'm hopeful.

Sniff...they're all getting so big!

Beggin Strips

Poor Nugget. He's never had any trouble clearing a room with his gas but ever since I bought him some Beggin Strip treats his gas is absolutely unbearable. There are no words.

He dearly loves them and therefore wants me to believe that it's just because they're new and if they were a regular part of his diet he'd adapt but it's a risk I'm not willing to take.


I was in the bathtub this morning and I heard a voice from downstairs. It said, "Mom! I need to go poops. And I'm done!"

Kindergarten starts in September so he has six months to learn to wipe his own butt. The other day he waited for 10 minutes in the bathroom at the Y's childcare for me to finish on the treadmill.

Pour Dump Bread

I made ten bread machine mixes by putting all the ingredients including butter and yeast into jars and put them in the fridge with a label telling me how much water/milk to add to complete the recipe. For the last five days to have homemade bread all I had to do is pour in the liquid, dump the mix and turn the machine on.

Snow Day #9

We've watched Toy Story 1, 2, and 3. We've fed Nugget Pop Rocks. They've sledded and drank hot cocoa repeatedly. We've made homemade play dough. We are officially out of things to do and I'm officially insane.

Snow Day #8

School is canceled today so they can remove snow from the roofsrooves tops of the buildings. Fine, fine, but then I got the boys out the door early to hit the Y before my eye appointment and got all the way there with enough time to run and shower and found the child care closed until 10 because school was canceled. So I ran a few other errands and WENT TO THE EYE DOCTOR STINKY WITH THREE STINKY BOYS.

Man, my standards have been lowered so much I guess you could say I don't have them anymore.

When Alex was a baby I had a doctor's appointment and was horrified at the thought of having to bring him with me because Allan couldn't take the afternoon off. Now I have friends I could ask but decided it wasn't worth having to return the favor and I have to say after having a pap smear with two boys looking on from a double stroller a simple eye appointment is a piece of cake.

We returned a pair of Alex's jeans with a hole in the knee and got a replacement (I love,…


Thomas is talking in full sentences now. From today:
"It's my turn, James" (playing trains)
"It's a cave, Daddy!"

And the other day we were are Wal-Mart and he was throwing a fit on the floor and when I picked up him and hauled him out of the store he looked over a Grandma type and said, "help!" She laughed and laughed. I'm laughing now but sure wasn't laughing at the time.


David made this groundhog in school yesterday. The groundhog is connected to a stick so he can peek out of his paper bag den. I put it on the roof of the van and buckled him and Thomas in and drove off. We got about a mile from the school and he exclaimed, "My warthog!" so we went back and found him laying in the parking lot unharmed.

Today is snow day #6 for us, I sure hope the groundhog doesn't see his shadow tomorrow.