Showing posts from April, 2011

5 Guys

I think I'm addicted.


We get the following magazines:
Good Housekeeping
Ladies' Home Journal
Martha Stewart Everyday Food
Rachael Ray Every Day
Runner's World
Clean Eating
Popular Mechanics
Nat'l Geographic Kids
High Five
Wild Animal Baby
Big Backyard
Weight Watchers

It's crazy! Several were gifts, many were 'bought' with Coke rewards points and the rest were either free or very cheap through airline miles or But at least one person reads every issue and then I pass them on to the library free magazine pile. And they're usually already gone by the time I leave the library-leaving AARP and random 1980's magazines behind.

Lose to Win

I've been at it for four weeks. We've spent most of our time lifting weights. I've been so sore from it that my running has suffered but my personal trainer assures me it'll help in the long run. I stepped on the scale and found that I've gained five pounds! I guess it's all of my mom's good cooking. Once she leaves I'm back to eating right-no excuses!


I'm working in the baseball concession stand tonight. In January we had to pay $25 extra for baseball registration for a concession deposit and a check will be mailed once I complete my obligation. I agree that it's a great way to make parents help but I really don't want to do it. I'm going to look at it as making $25 rather than getting my $25 back. I just hope they don't put me on ketchup duty.


I liked this game until Allan kicked my butt! All the fancy words are his:

Water For Elephants

My mom and I both enjoyed the book so we went to the movie on Saturday night. It was really good. Hal Holbrook played old Jacob:
photo from

So Sunday morning in church we both noticed that the man sitting in front of us looked very much like the man from the movie. I was in and out of the nursery with the kids so I missed the conversation but here's what went down:

Kathy: "You look just like a gentlemen I saw in the movies last night. Are you a movie star?"
Man: "Yes, my name is Robert Redford."

Oh how I wish I could have been there!

Happy Easter

A sign of a good Easter dinner: four sticks of butter to soften on the counter and they were all used.

Words With Friends

My mom is a longtime Scrabble fan. Yesterday we downloaded the 'Words With Friends' app for the iPad and she's been playing it with her sister in Nebraska and sister in law in North Dakota. It's so much fun that Alex downloaded it to Allan's iPod and I have it on my iPhone and we're playing multiple games. You just leave the game until your opponent makes a move and then it alerts you that it's your turn so games can go on for days or weeks depending on how much time you have to play. You can also play with a random opponent. I had one put up 'ovarian' as the very first word...not my league, I'm sure he'll beat me. And let the record reflect that the first time I played my mom I won!

Microwave Caramel Corn

8 cups popped corn
1 cup brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup margarine
¼ cup white corn syrup
¼ tsp baking soda
*Melt margarine. Add brown sugar, salt and corn syrup. Microwave on high 4 minutes. Stir in soda. Pour over popcorn in large brown paper grocery bag, rolling down the top. Microwave on high 1 ½ minutes. Shake well. Microwave on high 1 minute. Shake well. Microwave on high 30 seconds . Spread on cookie sheet. Best eaten in front of a new episode of Survivor.

Alex's Blog

Turns out I'm not the only blogger in the family!

Alex's Lego Blog


Alex: "Mom, you're lucky.  You get to sit by grandma."
David: "Well, when we get home we can do whatever we want to with her.  Except see her bones. Because they're covered by her skin."
Me: ??????


I think a mouse stopped by for a snack yesterday.

The Ham

I guess I get my planning skills from my mother. A few weeks ago she was bugging me about a Honeybaked ham for Easter dinner. I told her I don't know if there are any nearby but that I would check. A week later she sent me the website link and I saw that there's one in Newington and one in Milford. I'm not familiar with either place so I ignored the email until I had a chance to look it up. The next time I talked to her she wanted to know if I'd reserved the ham. I told her my dilemma and she shot back, "Connecticut isn't that big!" Yeah, it's smaller than North Dakota but I'm not about to drive to Stamford to pick up a freaking ham. So she gave up on me and ordered a ham to be delivered next week. Mission accomplished. Now, what will we have with that ham?

Cover Wars

Allan and I are cover pullers. When we sleep alone the covers hardly move, I can slip out of a bed and pull the covers back and the bed looks made. He claims the same thing. But when we sleep together the fight is on.

This morning I woke up and two inches of the right side of my body had nothing. The next two inches had sheet only. The next two inches had sheet and blanket and the last two inches had sheet, blanket and comforter. It looked like our bed had been strip mined. When I made the bed I gave myself a head start for tonight. Here's hopin'.

Car Twin?

I pulled up next to an identical Honda Odyssey today. When I returned to my car I looked inside theirs. There were two foreign objects: a travel mug in the driver's cup holder and a small trash can. The seats and floors looked showroom. I hung my head in shame and returned to my trash pit, thankful that the owner of the other car didn't see mine.

Lose to Win

I signed up for a Biggest Loser like program at the Y. It meets three times a week and you earn points for your team with percentage of weight loss, exercise minutes and food tracking. It seemed like such a good idea until this morning when my quads are screaming because the trainer had us doing walking lunges holding two 15 pound weights and alternating stepping on a bench. Tomorrow is upper body day, yippeee!

National Licorice Day

I was hoping to find that today is national grilled cheese sandwich day so I'd have an excuse to make an easy supper. It's national licorice day. And my birthday is national bicarbonate of soda day, how thrilling. It is national soft pretzel month though so maybe I'll make my famous maple ginger turkey burgers on soft pretzels rolls.


I lost my umbrella well over five years ago. I could never seem to remember to buy a new one. I'd curse myself every time I got stuck in the rain. I was at BJ's a few weeks ago and they had a two pack of umbrellas on clearance and I bought them and put one in each car.

The other day I had to go to the library and take David to preschool in the rain and I can't tell you how pleased I was to have an umbrella. But, my mom was right, I won't melt if I get wet.

Family Fun

Here's just 3/5 of the family racers. David claims he won his event. Allan and I both have new personal records and Alex finished strong but did not beat his last 5K time. And of course, there was victory Lilac Blossom Chinese food for all interested parties.

Groton Road Race

We're going back to our old hometown to run today, David & Thomas are doing the Tots Trot, Alex and Allan are doing the 5K and I'm doing the 10K. Here's my playlist:

Ready to Run-Dixie Chicks
Does Your Mother Know-ABBA
Just Push Play-Aerosmith
Hey Jack Kerouac-10,000 Maniacs (timed so I'll hit it on Lowell Road!)
Who Let the Dogs Out-Baja Men
Learning to Live-Beth Hart
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)-Billy Joel
Hangin' Around-Counting Crows
Marrakesh Express-Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Papa Loved Mama-Garth Brooks
Iris-Goo Goo Dolls
Use Somebody-Kings Of Leon
Come On Get Higher-Matt Nathanson
There She Goes-Sixpence None the Richer
I Want Candy-Bow Wow Wow (reminder to fuel)
Whatever It Is-Zac Brown Band
Fishin in the Dark-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Wild World-Cat Stevens
Beast of Burden-Buckwheat Zydeco
Be Like That-3 Doors Down
Freeze-Frame-The J. Geils Band (Groton resident)

Henry Park

Today Allan is at an all-day photography thing in Boston and the boys and I had nothing on the calendar. I suggested a picnic and you should have heard their excitement. Over ham sandwiches, chips and juice boxes.

We hiked drove up to Fox Hill Memorial Tower in Henry park. We had never been there and it's just a few minutes from our church. There are some nice pictures of it here. We had such a nice lunch and time at the playground afterward and it left me wondering what other great places we haven't discovered.

I Get By...

...with a little help from my friends.

Four Aprils Ago

I just fiddled with my sidebar and spent a half an hour chuckling at what we were doing four Aprils ago. I've been cleaning closets and felt kind of bad that Alex has a great baby album and toddler album and David has a mediocre baby album and no toddler album and Thomas has a lock of hair in a Ziploc bag and that's about it but now that I've revisited the blog David & Thomas will have a much better idea of their early lives if the internet as we know it is still around when they're grown.


No wonder my ears are numb at the end of the day. Thomas said his longest full sentence to date yesterday, "Hey! This is my bread, Nugget!" and David is obsessed with rhinoceroses. He told me last night, "Rhinos have poor...rhinos can see really good up close but not very good far away. That means they're nearsighted."

Sea Turtle Bracelet

I overheard Alex's cub scout den mother say that she loves sea turtles last night. I'm bidding on this on eBay for an end of year gift, I hope I win it will be nice to give something other than the Dunkin' Donuts give card standby!

Cracker Math

Thomas gets two crackers because he's two years old.
David gets four crackers because he's four years old.
Alex could probably eat nine crackers...but there's no way I'm eating 35 crackers!


Yesterday I,
*ran ten miles
*registered for the marathon training group
*and since I got a discount (and you know how I love a discount) registered for the marathon!

During my run I hit some areas of my playlist that don't get hit very often and I found the following songs really resonated:
Cowboy Take Me Away by Dixie Chicks
SexyBack by Justin Timberlake
Walking On Broken Glass by Annie Lennox

I'm amazed how much music can inspire me. It kinda makes me want to create a playlist for changing diapers, folding laundry and picking up toys.


Alex spent the weekend at Lake Ossipee, NH at a Sunday School retreat. He came home smelly with lots of stories to tell. Yes, his life is so difficult at nine years old that he needs a retreat. He left a note on his door reminding us to let Nugget out. Fortunately for Nugget Allan remembered to feed him as well.

Saturday Morning Cartoons