Friday, April 30, 2010
-Went to the library on Sunday and finally returned the 3 children's books we've had out since January.
-Called a potential preschool for next year.
-Scheduled a speech evaluation for T (I'd been procrastinating).
-Whole family went to church on Sunday.
-The usual poor time manangement. Got sucked into the internet and failed to play with my children. :-(
-Still haven't written Easter thank you notes.
-Forgot to defrost the beef for today's crockpot beef stew so I'll be scrambling to make something else for dinner instead.
-No exercise. None, zilch, nada. :-(
We've been doing feeding therapy for a few months to try to expand L's diet. We have sticker charts for a bunch of foods. So far, he's added chicken nuggets, american cheese, and ham (dipped in ketchup, yum); we're working on rice, mac 'n' cheese, french fry/tater tots, and guacamole/avocado.
-This week he got stickers for eating chicken, rice, and tater tots, earning a prize for the tater tots.
-Yesterday I sent cheese ravioli and chicken breast. L wouldn't eat the ravioli, but apparently he enjoyed eating the chicken dunked in marinara sauce. (We tried to replicate that success at dinner and he grudgingly ate one bite.)
Movies, tv, media
-Last weekend we watched The Squid & The Whale. It was awful--bad, disturbing, kids in trouble but not getting help. Bad.
-Finally saw The Blind Side. Loved it! Want to own it.
-Started watching Moon. Weird, but intriguing.
-Project Runway finale (I know it aired last week, but it took me till the weekend to watch it)--I think Seth Aaron's win was totally deserved, he had the best collection. Although Emilio rocked throughout the season, I didn't like his collection. Mila did a great job and I thought she had a better attitude during the final episodes than she had during the season. (On the other hand, I think Emilio's head swelled to enormous proportions, I didn't like that.)
-Glee this week--I didn't love the songs (except for the Beautiful number, which was awesome), but I LOVE Kristin Chenowith and I liked that Mercedes and Kurt both got to shine. Love Kurt's voice but didn't love his song. Kinda bummed that Sue got credit for doing the Beautiful thing, but whatever.
-I love that Sandra Bullock adopted a child in January. It makes me happy to know that through all the ugly divorce and tabloid stuff, she had this little boy to love and focus on. Congratulations to her.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
As I mentioned in my UBP post, I'm reading this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. My husband gave me both volumes for Christmas and I've been reading them since then. I'm currently a quarter through the 2nd volume.
The other day I was feeling sort of down and wanted to read something more uplifting (in the above bio, it's the Great Depression) so I grabbed my Complete Works of Jane Austen and began rereading Pride and Prejudice. Love it! And since I've seen the miniseries about 100 times (okay, maybe 5 times), I can picture everything in vivid detail. Happy happy. Amazon didn't have the exact version I'm reading, but you get the point.
Then I went to the library on Sunday and finally returned the kids' books I'd been renewing since February. I checked out two books for myself.
I've barely started The Way of Mary by Mary Ford-Grabowsky. It looks promising but my attention has been captured by the other book I found....
I'm a few chapters into The Trunk Murderess by Jana Bommersbach. She promises to tell me the real story behind the murders allegedly committed by Winnie Ruth Judd (who was found with 2 bodies in her luggage). It's the type of book you want to stay up all night until you finish. Of course as a mom, I don't have the luxury to do so. It's not so much the writing (actually the jumping around between fact and press coverage and chronology is kind of bugging me) as it is the story. I'm eager to find out "what really happened."
So that's what I'm currently reading. Check out what others have been reading at 5 Minutes for Books.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
1. Do you have a library card?
Yes, I finally got one about a year ago. I check out usually 3 books at a time for the kids (and occasionally a book for myself), but I'm terrible at returning them--thank goodness I can renew them online!!! So I'm working on that, and hopefully the kids and I will go again soon and return the 3 books we've had for months and find some new ones. :-)
2. To carry on with the theme, would you purchase a digital reader like the Kindle?
Originally, I thought "why bother?" It's expensive. I like to accumulate books. But recently hubby has been researching it and we may do it. If we get the Nook, we'd have access to all public domain books for free which I guess includes lots of classics, plus it's cheaper to buy a digital book than a real one, and I have this thing against hardcover books (the high price and I hate dust jackets and the hard binding, I'm weird I know) so in this case I wouldn't have to wait for the paperback. So we're considering it. We'll see.... (Or we could, you know, use the library, that's ALL free! So I don't know!)
3. Which night of the week is fright night (aka your busiest night of the week)?
Actually most weeknights are pretty much the same, but I'll choose Thursday because that is my hardest day (feeding therapy at 3 pm so neither kid naps--scary!) so by evening, I'm pretty darn frazzled.
4. Watching Idol? Who are you picking to win?
I don't watch AI. Other than the audition episodes, I've only watched one full season (the one with Chris Daughtry). So I can't pick a winner.
5. Do you have a clothesline?
Interesting question. Living in Phoenix we certainly have the heat and sunshine for it! But no, I don't have an outdoor clothesline. It's too much hassle to take clothes outside and back in, plus I don't want to worry about bugs and dirt getting on my clothes. I do hang a lot of our clothes to dry (to avoid shrinkage) but I hang them indoors on a drying rack.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
1. What words do you use on your blog/online that you don't use in real life?
Hmmm, I can't think of any words that I don't use in real life, I pretty much write like I talk. The only thing I can think of is I sometimes use abbreviations like LOL or BFF and I don't say those things in real life, that is only for the computer. And emoticons as well. I don't say "I like your outfit, smiley face." ;-)
2. Do you still write checks?
This question is very timely for me because I switched to online bill pay only a month ago! I had held out for a very long time, fearing that the set-up would be difficult or time-consuming. It was not, and so far I find paying bills online to be quick and easy and I love using fewer stamps. That said, there will always be times when I write a check, like at my doctor's office which charges a credit card fee.
3. Who was your favorite President and why?
Sorry readers, you're in for a long answer--I was a history major and I find this a fascinating question and one I never really have an answer for. I'll try to be brief and just hit the highs and lows. (Feel free to skip to #4 if you get bored.)
In terms of domestic agenda, I love LBJ--Great Society, War on Poverty, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act. However, you have the whole Vietnam War thing, so he'll never be my #1. Sorry, Lyndon.
FDR--another great domestic policy guy, love the New Deal, he pulled us out of the Great Depression, and I think he handled WWII well (although I'm generally a pacifist, I can't imagine not fighting against Hitler). But Franklin will never be my #1 because of his personal life--he was an unabashed womanizer.
So for me I think the winner is Abraham Lincoln. Sure, he freed the slaves for practical rather than philosophical reasons, but he did it nonetheless, and he managed to win the Civil War, good stuff. In his personal life, I think he was a stand-up guy. As I understand it, Mary Todd had some mental illness, but he stuck by her. So (today at least), he's my #1. Congratulations, Abe. Hmmm, there's a lot I don't know about him, I should pick up a biography.
4. Are you a yeller?
Sadly, I have to say yes. I do not have it all together and I frequently hit the end of my rope. :-( I'd say I frequently raise my voice (talking loudly), though if you heard it maybe you'd call that yelling. Then I really lose it and YELL once in a while (hopefully not very often). To my credit, early in my marriage I yelled during arguments and it freaked my dear hubby out, so I've gotten a lot better about that, now it's my kids who drive me to a loud volume.
Hmmm, I should really work on this. My dad was a yeller and I hated him for it. I do NOT want my kids to hate me or remember me as angry all the time. I have got to get my act together!
5. Have you ever dumpster dived?
I'm trying to think. No, I've never climbed into any kind of trash can, but I don't think I've gotten anything off the curb either. I'm not sure. I'm not above that by any stretch, I've just never happened upon anything good.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
If you want to go find yourself some slow cooker liners, they are in the aisle with the ziploc bags and such. A box of 4 is around $3. (So it's kind of a luxury, but for me, it's worth it.) I don't knwo why but my Safeway doesn't carry them, however my Walmart and Target do.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
This is a wonderful picture of our closet before, the costumes are shoved on that second shelf in a jumbled mess. Nice.
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Monday, April 12, 2010
1. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? This is an easy one for me: Sandra Bullock. Because I look just like her. Not. But there's a part in While You Were Sleeping where Bill Pullman asks her character what her father was like and she replies "He was a lot like me--brown hair, flat chest." Well, I've had a hang-up about my small chest since forever and though there is nothing wrong with Sandra B's figure (certainly not!), that quote has forever endeared me toward her. And we do look vaguely similar in height and hair color. Vaguely.
2. Did you ever go to summer camp? No, I never went to sleepaway camp. My sisters did, so I could have if I wanted to, but I never wanted to. The summer before 12th grade, however, I took a two-week class at a college the next state over. Does that count? ;-)
3. What sends you running and screaming in the other direction? Um, lots of things--any kind of bug, snake, lizard, rodent etc.; and heights, I'm afraid of heights.
4. What is something you do that drives your spouse nuts? Ugh, perhaps my indecision (I'm extremely indecisive). He should be irritated by my extreme laziness, but he's actually pretty cool with it, since he marvels at all the childcare I do that he is overwhelmed by. He's a great man, I tell you! And he thinks I don't take criticism well. Sadly, he's probably right. So he treads lightly if he has to say something that he knows will make me defensive.
Oh, I thought of something else that drives him crazy! I have a habit of starting stories or thoughts in the middle--this drives him nuts, he's like "Wait! What? Who? What are you talking about? Can you start at the beginning!" LOL
5. What is currently your favorite song? While I listen fairly constanly to the Glee soundtracks, I would actually say my two favorite songs right now are Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" and Duffy's "Mercy."
Okay, so hopefully this Friday I'll be able to join the link-up, until then I hope this was fun to read and learn more about me. :-)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
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