Saturday, January 24, 2009

Saturday Random Thoughts.

-I got a little taste of Cammie's Dark O'Clock this morning. Not as bad as hers, though. Lauren was up at 6:15, telling me her tummy was grumbling. OK fine, go get yourself a snack. She did so quietly, and I was grateful. 10 minutes later when I went upstairs to give Christopher his binky back AGAIN, I found her hiding in her room eating an ice pop. At 6:30 in the morning. Today should be fun.

-My poor little Christopher has a doctor's appointment today. He has to have one shot (Polio) - which I suppose is better than the 3 he had last month. I fully believe in vaccinating my children on schedule (especially after watching that measles episode of Private Practice), but every time, I have that little nagging thought in the back of my head about the possible link to autism. Shots suck.

-When is Lauren going to grow out of her attitude? Everyone keeps saying that every "new" age will be better than the last. All I've got now is a 5 year old who acts like she's 16.

-I will say that one of the better parts about said 5 year old is that she is fully capable of operating the TV on her own. Which means that when she does decide to wake up at the ass crack of dawn, she can find something to watch. I heard her watching "Saved by the Bell" this morning. My life has come full circle if she's watching that.

-If only she'd learn to operate the DVD player and DVR.

-My Girls' Weekend is now 13 days away. Holy hell, this can not come fast enough. I need a break, hardcore. I Can. Not. Wait. to see my sister-friends. I miss them so much, and I'm very exicted to have a chance to hang with them without being pregnant or stuck in an airport for 14 hours.

-There really isn't anything better than your sweet baby smiling at you when he first wakes up in the morning. As long as it's light out when he decides to do that.

-My good friend Cammie got me reading the Twilight series. I'm halfway through the second book, "New Moon". I can't put it down. Thanks for finding me yet another reason to shirk my household responsibilities, Cammie.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

100 Things...and Do You Wanna Win a KozyPal?

OK, first things first. My good friend Melissa makes these kick ass shopping cart covers. You can check out her website here and her blog here. She's having a giveaway, so make sure you check out her blog for your chance to win. Wow, that really sounded like a commercial, huh? Seriously, her covers ROCK. I had a different kind back when Lauren was a baby, because the beyotch didn't start making them until later. I chucked that one in favor of a KP this time around. Christopher can't even sit up yet to use it, but I already love it. So go get one.

OK, now for 100 things. This should be super boring. I haven't done much!

Bold whatever you have done.
1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo.
11. Bungee jumped.
12. Visited Paris.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitch hiked.
23. Taken a sick day when you're not sick.
24. Built a snow fort.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a marathon.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise.
33. Seen Niagra Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
35. Seen and Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language.
37. Had enough money to truly be satisfied.
38. Seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo's David.
41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served in a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Gotten flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma.
65. Gone sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp.
67. Bounced a check.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square.
74. Toured the Everglades.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Seen the changing of the guards in London.
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book.
81. Been to the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Walked in Jerusalem.
84. Had your picture in the paper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had Chicken pox.
89. Saved some one's life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.
100. Read an entire book in one day.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Not Me Monday...

Another week, huh? I should probably update this thing more than once a week, with a little something more than Not Me Mondays. Oh well.

I did NOT volunteer just now to go to Burger King (blech!) so that Melissa's little boy can get a Happy Meal toy.
I did NOT completely forget that Big Love started up again last night.
I did NOT spend way too much time watching last week's GH episodes on my computer last night when I should have been sleeping.
I did NOT allow my son to sleep on his belly just so he'd stay asleep a little while longer.
I did NOT completely blow all my points today and keep on eating.
I did NOT stalk to see if my "delivered" status changed, even though the post office is closed.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Not Me Monday...

Another Monday, another installment of Not Me Monday (thanks again to my girl Cammie!). Let's see what I did NOT do this week.

I did NOT spend every minute of every lunch hour for the past 6 working days reading Twilight. I also did NOT neglect to go to the bank today or call the insurance company about a bogus bill, because of said reading.

I did NOT start getting all obsess-y and breathy teenager-like the further I read into Twilight.

I did NOT spend 95% of my day today at work trying to figure out why the GD printer would not print in color. And my boss did NOT give me $2 for figuring out the problem that's been driving him insane for 2 months.

I did NOT waste one pound of chicken and one pound of ground beef on a crockpot that burns things completely or leaves them raw on the inside and burnt on the outside.

I did NOT forget to measure my food or count points at all since, oh, about last Thursday. I also did NOT skip a meeting to take dear Lauren to a roller skating party.

Lastly, I did NOT spend $13 to strap on roller skates at said party, only to nearly bust my ass a hundred times. Because it has NOT been 15 years since I last roller skated.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Random Thoughts For Your Saturday Night.

-My house is so quiet, it's lovely. Jason is in bed sick (I'll be spending night #2 on the need for MORE germs, thankyouverymuch). Lauren and Christopher are sleeping soundly in their own beds. All I hear is the hum of the baby monitor next to me and the faint sound of the TV in the bedroom.

-Since my house is so quiet, I should probably be folding laundry, and washing more loads. Nope. I've got the first load sitting next to me for hours. Why does it always take me two effing days to do laundry? Jason gets it all done in one afternoon. Oh yeah, he does it without simultaneously taking care of children and burning dinner in the crockpot.

-Speaking of the GDMF crockpot. I want to go all Office Space on it's ass. I don't have a baseball bat, but I'm thinking one of Jason's fancy golf clubs will do. How am I the only person on earth to completely ruin not one but two dinners in less than a week? Dinner #1 - burnt to a crisp. Dinner #2 - not finished cooking in the time noted in the recipe. Kept cooking only to have it turn to soup in the middle and burnt black around the sides and bottom. I swear, the focking thing is BROKEN. And of course, where is the box? In some land fill somewhere. I never throw out boxes till after I've used the thing, but this time I did in the interest of de-cluttering. Mother focker.

-Took Lauren to a roller skating birthday party today. Promised her I'd skate, thinking adult skate rental was included like it was at the last party. Not so much. Focking $13 for FULL admission and skate rental. What a ripoff. And holy hell, skating? Not as easy as I remembered.

-Stupid weathermen. We were supposed to get a lovely, enough-to-make-a-snowman snowstorm today. The original forecast was 3-6", then 5-7". By this morning it was down to 1-3" turning to rain. If we even got 1", I'd be surprised. Poor Lauren will never get to build a snowman at the rate we're going.

-My house is a petri dish. It's a wonder Lauren and Christopher aren't sick (watch me as I furiously knock on wood). Jason has a nasty stomach bug/food poisoning, up puking since last night. I've got a nasty upper respiratory infection. It's a germ fest in my house.

-February 6th. I'm so excited for this weekend! All of my very best friends, plus a few more ;), will be in the same spot for a weekend of laughing, crying, and oh yes, drinking. I could not be more excited. More furious wood knocking as I hope with all my might that no one in my house is puking, and that there is no snow to be found that weekend.

Wow, I do like to talk, don't I?

Monday, January 5, 2009

My First Day Back At Work.

Today was my first day back at work after 3 months of maternity leave. It was interesting to say the least. Where do I begin?

Christopher woke up at 4:30 for a bottle, but didn't really fall back asleep until almost 5:30 - you know, right when I have to get up. I managed to get myself up, showered, and hair done before 7am, when it was time to wake up both kids. I thought I was making good time.

Then 7am came. All hell broke loose and it was pure chaos from then until 8:15 when we had to be out the door. Poor Christopher was not a happy camper since he was woken up a good hour before he normally would have woken up. At first he was OK, but after about half an hour the screaming began, and I was trying to calm him down while trying to make sure Lauren's teeth were brushed, hair combed, etc. Crying baby = stress.

We managed to get out the door on time, thankfully. But of course, as soon as I pulled out of the driveway, I realized I'd forgotten to give Christopher his medication. Oops. Luckily I had time to come back home after dropping Lauren off. Once she was dropped off, I felt like I could relax, knowing that I had a good hour before I had to be at work. I gave Christopher his medication, and we made our way to daycare. Poor Christopher wasn't a happy boy. I'm glad I had time to sit with him, and I'm glad he was awake when we got there. I'd have felt bad if I left him in a new place without me, so he could wake up and be like "what the hell?" I was able to feed him, swaddle him and rock him to sleep before I left.

I got to work with plenty of time to spare (note to self - spend more time at daycare!). I got myself settled, which pretty much took all morning. They gave me a brand new computer, which would normally rock. But I focking HATE this thing. All the stuff I had saved on my old desktop - gone. I had to go track it all down and make new shortcuts. Stuff is still missing. Grr. It's a widescreen monitor and the resolution was too high or something - teeeeny tiny print I squinted at all day. It was after 3 before I finally figured out how to get it readable. And I HATE the newer version of MS Office running on this machine. Nothing is where it's supposed to be.

I called at noon to check on Christopher. He didn't nap much, which was to be expected since belly sleeping isn't allowed. He didn't eat all that much either, mainly because he fell asleep one ounce into his 2nd bottle. Overall I suppose it wasn't bad, and he doesn't seem mad at me for ditching him. He is the youngest in his class, there's only one other kid that's remotely close to him in age. All the others are walking one year olds!

Come home to find out that my very first foray into crockpot cooking was a complete bust. To quote Lauren, it smelled like skunk in here. I swear, I followed the directions exactly, but apparently the cooking time was off because the thing was Burnt. To. A. Crisp. 4 hours later and the house still reeks. And the stupid crockpot doesn't have a shutoff timer. Ick. Ellios pizza for one, please!

Let's hope the rest of the week goes better!

Not Me Monday...

Copying from Cammie again...I'm so original.

I did NOT join the Twilight cult. I did not sit by myself in the lunchroom at work today, peacefully reading what's turning out to be a pretty damn good book.

I did NOT bring two gallon sized Ziplock bags of Christmas cookies to work today, to get them out of my house.

I did NOT burn my first ever crockpot dinner. My house does NOT smell like a burnt, dead animal.

I did NOT spend my very first day back to work after 3 months of maternity leave bitching and moaning about my brand new computer.

I did NOT have a very unhealthy dinner of Ellios frozen pizza for dinner. I also did not allow my daughter to eat french toast sticks for dinner.

Nope, not me.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I'm stealing this from Cammie. I am not responsible for any typos. Blame the cherry vodka.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I changed a boy diaper. Many boy diapers, actually.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't remember if I made any last year. Probably to get pregnant, which I accomplished, and to lose weight, which I did not.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Do I count?

4. Did anyone close to you die? Not me personally. But my friend Andrea lost her husband suddenly and tragically. It has really affected me and made me appreciate what I have all the more. My uncle Walt also passed away after a very long life and a (thankfully) very short illness.

5. What countries did you visit? Uh, just this one.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Life insurance. Seriously, I really need to get on that.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Many! For starters, October 14, the birth of my sweet boy Christopher. My 7th wedding anniversary. Lauren's 5th birthday. Her first day of kindergarten.

8)What was your biggest achievement of the year? Christopher.

9. What was your biggest failure? Hmmm. Can't say I failed at anything.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Not really - just some scary times in the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy. Luckily everything turned out OK obviously.

11. What was the best thing you bought? It's not mine, but Jason's iPod touch kicks some ass.

12. Where did most of your money go? Mortgage payments.

13.did you get really, really, really excited about? Having another baby, and spending time with my bestest girlfriends.

14. What song will always remind you of 2008? Uptown Girl, Billy Joel. Yeah, it came out in like 1986, but it was the song Lauren danced to at her very first dance recital.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? Happier. thinner or fatter? sigh....fatter) richer or poorer? poorer

16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Fun stuff with Lauren. I suck at that.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of? Eating

18. How did you spend Christmas? Christmas Eve with just Jason, Lauren and Christopher. Christmas day with my parents.

19.Did you fall in love in 2008? Not with anyone new!

20. What was your favorite TV program? Grey's Anatomy

21.. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I don't I dislike anyone now that I did not this time last year? Yes.

22.. What was the best book you read? Nineteen Minutes and The Pact.

23.. What did you want and get? Ugg boots (although they haven't arrived yet) and a new baby!

24. What did you want and not get? A Wii - although it's coming. I just have to find it.

25What was your favorite film of this year? Rent On Broadway - mainly because I didn't see much else worth remembering.

26.. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 31. I have no clue what I did, so it couldn't have been all that exciting.

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Win the lottery?

28.What kept you sane? My friends

29. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Adam Pascal...yum. Holy crap, I love him.

30. What political issue stirred you the most? The election in general.

31. Who did you miss? My best friends, who are scattered all over the country.

32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Cherish what you have. You never know when it can all be taken away.

33. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "Forget Regret or life is yours to miss"