Showing posts from September, 2011


Here we go. Alex needs reading glasses.

So, No.

From Alex's social studies paper.
4.) Does the word 'Sunday' come from Norse mythology? Yes No (no is circled)
Use evidence from the text to defend your answer.
No, Because in the text, it says "The English words for the days Tuesday to Friday come from Norse mythology." Sunday is not Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. So, No.

Chicken Cacciatore

3 Tbsp oil
3 pounds chicken pieces
1 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup green pepper, chopped (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
15 ounce can tomato sauce
1-½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp allspice
2 bay leaves
½ tsp thyme
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
*Brown chicken in oil. Remove from pan. Add onion, green pepper and garlic, browning lightly. Add remainder of ingredients, replace chicken. Simmer uncovered for one hour, turning after thirty minutes. Serve sauce over cooked fettuccine or ziti noodles.

My mom makes this and I when I used to make it I'd include the green pepper and use split chicken breasts. Then she came to visit and made it without the green pepper and used chicken thighs. It was much better and now I always make it that way.


I did my last nasty long run on Saturday and for the next 19 days I cut way back on the mileage to give my body (and mind!) a chance to recover while maintaining my fitness before the race. It's called the taper period and some people go crazy from the extra time and increased anxiety so they call that taper madness. I will not go mad, I will catch up on all the things I've been neglecting. In no particular order:
my husband
my kids
the dog
the housecleaning
desk paperwork (I have a stack of coupons that I printed and they've expired before even getting cut out)
meal planning (last night while Allan golfed the boys had a pile of shredded cheese, a tortilla and a cup of mandarin oranges for supper)
this blog (I've been churning out low quality posts)

You'd be glad to hear that there are two things I've maintained besides running:
personal hygiene
Dannon yogurt supply (though I have maintained it with club packs from BJ's and they contain 33% straw…


Alex, on the saxophone: "Thpppppppppttttttt!!!!"

David, on the way to a birthday party, gift in lap: "Are you going to give Jack a present?"
Me: "No"
David: "Because adults don't like to have fun?"

Thomas, setting Georgie on the driveway: "You wait here. I'm going to wide my bike."

Self Portrait

I snapped this picture of my shadow while I was taking tickets for the scouts at a country fair. You can see my big purse bulge and my ticket stand. I never knew I was such a pinhead!

Doctor Tom

He loves the hat and insists on wearing it everywhere. It's embarrassing-I've caught people looking at him with pity and I fear it's because they think he's a cancer patient. Notice Georgie in the basket of the cart.

The Saxophone

Alex is in fifth grade and this is the year that he can start playing an instrument. He didn't want to at first but when he realized that many of his friends were going to do it he decided he wanted to play the saxophone. My mom is selling her condo and moving to a small house and was just wondering what to do with my dad's old saxophone so she very kindly sent it to Alex.

I've never been sentimental about objects but I can remember that case in our garage for years and my dad saying that his dad bought it for him when he was in junior high school and since my grandpa was an alcoholic and worked on the railroad (my dad sure followed in his father's footsteps) I know he wasn't around much and that saxophone had special meaning for him. So maybe that's why I cried when I opened the case. It was locked and I can imagine that my dad was the last one to play the instrument. I think it is really cool that Alex is going to play it too.

It's tarnished and…

Alex's I'm From

I wrote my own I'm from poem here. I was clearing off Alex's desk and I found his poem, written last September and removed from the notebook and cast aside.

I'm from tacos.
I'm from LEGOS and baseball.
I'm from a cruise that sails far.
I'm from pumpkin and apple pie.
I'm from the biggest bird drawing collection in this class.
I'm from 1x2 LEGO bricks, and 2x4 LEGO bricks.
I'm from humor, and laughing.
I'm from my home.


Thomas, eating a yogurt in a tube with a picture of a cow on it: "Can you squeeze my cow, Dad?"

1,000 Loads

I recently bought a tub of laundry detergent good for 1,000 loads. I shudder to think how quickly we'll use it up.

I'll Never Understand

People who don't like:

Bumper Sticker

I saw this bumper sticker at the Y this morning:

Tall Timbers

I got my flu shot today at Rite Aid. The pharmacist wanted me to stay nearby for a few minutes in case I had a reaction. I told him I'd be shopping and, "if I go down you'll hear it because it will sound like a tree falling in the forest." He laughed and waved me on.

Happy Grandparents Day



Love to Allan means a continuous supply of Dannon fruit on the bottom in the following flavor rank:
mixed berry

no strawberry, please


These are Alex's grade 4 standardized test results. He scored advanced in all areas and got an amazing 108/110 right in math. As a parent it's my job to pat him on the back and then use this info to say such things as, "You'd think a boy who scored so well on the CMTs can remember to pull his underwear out of his pants before putting them in the hamper!" And, "A boy who does so well in mathematics should have no trouble taking the garbage out." Or how about, "Since you're such a good reader why don't you read your brother a bedtime story?"

Doctor's Lounge


The Most Boring Queue Ever

Caption: have you seen any good movies on DVD lately? I have a TV show I can recommend.

Vegetable Beef Soup

Are you in a fall funk? Back to school have you drained? Spent over $100 on new bath towels while wearing five year old jeans? This soup is the cure for what ails you, I promise.

1 lb stew beef
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp oil
Nature's Seasons (Morton) or salt & pepper
1 can tomato paste
6 carrots, coined
1 cup rutabaga, diced
1 medium cabbage, shredded
32 oz beef broth
32 oz water

*Season beef and brown with onion in oil. Add broth and water. Simmer, covered for one hour. Add tomato paste and simmer for another hour. Add vegetables and simmer for two hours. Adjust seasonings to taste.


Allan stopped by Walmart to pick up some extra baseballs. It sounded like he will not be going back.

"That place is disgusting. It felt like a third world country."
"I feel dirty and used."
"I'm going to take a shower as soon as I get home!"


My mother in law gave me a set of good knives as a wedding gift. At the time, I appreciated them as much as any 20 year old bride would. But over the last fifteen years I've come to appreciate them more and more. First, it was when I tried to cook in my sister's kitchen in Texas. She had crappy knives and I remember thinking how nice it was that I learned to cook with the right equipment. Then while chopping an onion at a friend's house with a steak knife (don't try this at home) a few years ago I thought, you have a brand new car in your driveway and here I am hacking an onion with an inferior tool-I'd rather have nice knives. I think of Arlene every time I use my knives.

My aunt and uncle gave us a set of steak knives. That's a pretty clever move, I think of them when we are having steak. And I love a good steak.

I haven't been invited to a wedding lately but the next time I am I'm giving knives. That honeymoon money was so nice to receive at…

20 Miles

Most marathon training plans peak with one, two, or three 20 mile runs. My plan has two and I finished the first this morning! I now believe that I can finish the full 26.2 before the course closes.

I negotiated for takeout pizza for supper and a night off from putting boys to bed so I can recover.

Bacon Wrapped Love

Do they have a 12 step program for these? You seed a jalapeno pepper half, stuff it with cream cheese and wrap it in a third of a piece of bacon and broil. MMMMMMMmmmmmmm!

First Day of School 2011

First Day of School 2011, a set on Flickr.