Monday, December 31, 2007

Bye Bye, 2007

Last post of the year - wooo hooo!

First off, Congratulations to my friend Colleen - her baby boy, Waylon, was born last Thursday. She grows them big - both her babies were over 10 lbs! God bless her!

This last weekend of the year brought the first real good fight between my stubborn daughter and her Mother (who, Leda found out, is just as stubborn, if not more!) After breakfast on Saturday morning, Leda dropped her milk (sippy cup) on the floor, on purpose and got down from the table to walk away. I told her to pick up the cup and take it to the kitchen and she flat-out refused. So, for the next half hour or so, the child and I stared each other down in a war of wills - she was sat down on the floor next to the cup and told that she couldn't move until she took the cup to the kitchen. There was much screaming. And kicking. All from the child. This time out stuff is rough! But we held firm and the child finally put the cup away.

The rest of the weekend consisted of going to a party held by the Tobin Cousins, my maternal grandmother's family. Got to see family I hadn't seen in years. We also spent the weekend cleaning and planning for our ninth annual New Year's Eve party. Tonight we will have our closest friends join us for the evening to ring in the New Year. We are quite looking forward to it!

Happy New Year to you and yours. Here's hoping 2008 is happy and healthy for everyone!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Hangover

No, I didn't drink too much, just didn't get a whole bunch of sleep!

Christmas eve consisted of shopping for Christmas dinner in the morning, straightening up in the early afternoon and delivering gift baskets to the neighbors before heading off to Aunt Rachel's for Christmas Eve dinner with her, Calean and Tristan, Uncle Wayne and Dylan and GrandDad and Fay. It was a lovely dinner and then the kids got to open their gifts.

We didn't stay too late because we had to get home to finish up some Christmas stuff and put Leda off to bed. Daddy put together the tricycle from Grandpa and Nana and then off to bed we went.

Around 6 in the morning (it was a little before) Leda woke me up with her coughing. She's got this cough that has been lingering from her cold she'd had earlier in December. I went in to give her some water and noticed she was really hot...turns out to be a 101.4 temp. Oh Joy! She didn't complain of feeling badly except that her head hurt, so a little Motrin and I tried to get her to go back to sleep, but she was having a pretty tough time of it with the coughing. Then she wanted to come in to my bed.

Sufficed to say, we were up by 7 am on Christmas morning.

Okay, yes, I like to get up early on Christmas morning, but this was a little too early for me. I was kinda looking at around 7:30 or 8. Not up at 6 and out of bed by 7. I was a little worried that Leda would just tear through the presents and everything would be over by 7:30am! Thankfully, the kid, she takes after her Mommy!

So, down to the living room to see if Santa came and boy, did he! Leda got a big stuffed penguin and the joy she expressed when she saw it was priceless (and uncaught by video camera! I suck!) Santa brought her a baby doll, some Cars cars, a doggie she can take care of (not a live one) and a Little Mermaid doll! She was so happy with all her things from Santa. She had me open each one after she unwrapped it and she played with each toy before she moved on to more presents. She really took her time - I almost had to force her to open gifts!

We made good use of the web cam that Grandma Sweat got us a few years ago by setting it up in the living room toward the end of the present unwrapping so that Grandma and Granddaddy could watch Leda unwrap the doll house that Granddaddy refurbished for her. It was my doll house that my Pop-Pop Cunningham made for me. Leda loved it! She played with it all day long yesterday! I even had some fun playing with the furniture and rearranging everything a few times! Of course, I could have thought of the web cam earlier than 9:30am, but at least I thought of it!

Two hours or so later, we had unwrapped everything and everyone was very happy with all they had been given. Brock was the recipient of a new lap top and a great GPS system. I received a beautiful diamond bracelet from my husband and lots of books and DVDs and CDs from my wonderful family. Duff even got some treats and rawhide bones. We all are very grateful for all we were given!

There was no rest for the weary in this household (except for Leda who needed to take a nap!) There was straightening up to do and there was a Christmas dinner to prepare. GrandDad and Fay came over around 3:30 and we got Leda up around 4 or so. She got to open presents with GrandDad and she got a cool Minnie Mouse clock and a game for her LeapFrog computer system!

We had an awesome dinner that Brock and I prepared (Brock did most of the work). We decided to try Beef Wellington for a Christmas dinner and let me tell you - I have decided there is no other type of beef I ever want to eat - it was so good, I just can't describe it! We did it a little different - we did it with a Duxelles mix (that was just as awesome by itself) but no liver pate. It was so good! We had garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with our meat, along with a little J Garcia Cabernet Sauvignon! Dinner was so awesome!

After dinner, we ended up on a web cam meeting to Aunt Aimee and Uncle Kurt's house, so we got to see Abby and Sami for Christmas! It was pretty cool! It is amazing what kind of technology we have out there that just transforms holidays like this!

Oh, and Leda finally gave Mommy a wonderful gift and finally smiled for a picture with me in front of the tree!

Mommy and Leda

Leda was trundled off to bed close to 9pm, but she was just so tired - at least that's what I think the problem was - that she just got hysterical when we tried to get her to go to sleep. Oh, there was screaming, let me tell you. She wanted to go to sleep in my bed for some reason, and all we could get out of her sounded like "My bed isn't cute." Not exactly sure what that is code for, but the kid, she was beside herself. She really seemed afraid of something. I had to lie down with her for a few minutes to calm her down and we finally got her calmed and asleep by a little after 9:30.

GrandDad and Fay took off around 10pm and after a little straightening up, off to bed I went to wait for the 11pm news - didn't make it. Fell asleep before that!

Christmas was wonderful. We had a pretty awesome day. It's the going-back-to-work-the-day-after that sucks! ;-) I could use a few days vacation after yesterday! At least this will be a fairly easy week - which is a good thing because I think Leda may need a visit to the Doctor tomorrow - another temp this evening of 100 degrees (Motrin brings them right down, so not too worried about it) - she must be fighting something. If the coughing persists tonight/tomorrow morning, the doc is getting a call.

We hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. So looking forward to next year! Leda can't wait until Santa returns. In fact, she has been asking if she can go to the North Pole to visit him! ;-)

Here's more pictures from this Christmas Season!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

To all you out there, here's hoping you have a very merry one.

Christmas 2007

We are looking forward to the carnage tomorrow morning!

Adding Insult to Injury

Due to the circumstances surrounding this football season (mainly, the Eagles sucking dirt - except for that feel good win over the Cowgirls), I decided to join my husband and root for his Browns. I mean, they were in a pretty darn good race to get a playoff spot. I might have football until February after all!

Well, maybe not! Apparently the Browns tanked yesterday and lost the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. Ouch!

So, guess it will go down to the last weekend of the season after all. The big question is, will we get the Brown's game on here in Philly? We actually had two Brown's games this year already, kinda thinking our luck has run out.

Dude, I'm rooting for the Browns. I think that explains everything, don't you?

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Trees, Decorations and Cookies

Not exactly in that order.

What a weekend we had. Since the first two weekends of December were busy for us and most of us weren't home those two weekends, this past weekend was the getting ready for Christmas weekend. Better late than never!

What we usually do over the course of two or three weeks during the Holiday season we had to cram into one weekend, plus baking 5 batches of cookies - a new family tradition I decided we need to add so that Leda and I could do something together.

So our weekend started on Saturday morning by getting up and getting dressed and getting out of the house by 8:30 or so to get out to the Christmas Tree farm early so we could get a tree, get it home and start cleaning the house and preparing it for the Holiday. Oh, and we invited the Durhams and Aunt Karen over for dinner. Crazy us!

It was cold! Not as cold as previous years, but cold enough. Thank goodness we found a tree pretty quickly (albeit, not one of my favorite trees, but it will do!), because Leda could pretty much only handle about a half hour of traipsing around the forest in the cold. And, she had lost interest in dragging Duff around.

Off hunting Christmas Trees

The tree we found was actually about 20 feet tall! It had about 5 feet of blank trunk at the bottom, but looked pretty perfect at the top. Of course, it was at a different angle than we are used to (on the ground!) so when we got it home, I realized it was a little uneven, a little lopsided, and it had a few bare spots. But, not exactly a Charlie Brown tree. And, besides, it was about the time that Leda had whined for the 50th time about wanting to be picked up and carried, so it won the prize of being picked by the Yates! We dragged our tree home and put it up in the living room to be decorated on Sunday with Granddad and Fay Teal.

The rest of the day consisted of cleaning and preparing for guests. Leda was all excited about Paige coming to play with her. She was jumping up and down yelling her name when Paige got here! And, Aunt Karen brought her niece Sydney over to play, too! Leda had the two girls in her room and boy did they do a number on that room! But they had lots of fun!

On Sunday morning, we woke up late because of all the fun we had the night before and Leda and I got to work on making cookies! The kid, she sure takes after me because before we even got the first ingredient out, she was wondering, "when do we lick?" I spent most of the time making the first batch of cookies (snickerdoodles) keeping Leda from licking everything and anything she could get her tongue on. She was handsomely rewarded with the spatula after the dough was made. She then promptly left the kitchen and spent the rest of the morning watching cartoons!

Leda helps with Cookies

Three batches later (oatmeal and chocolate chip!), we were pulling the decorations for the tree down from the attic. GrandDad and Fay Teal arrived around 2 or 2:30 and we started decorating the tree. Leda really had lots of fun putting all her ornaments on the tree. Aunt Joan had sent us a bunch of ornaments last year that are good for kids - the won't break if played with! Leda was having so much fun putting them on the tree (okay, Mommy gave LOTS of direction, else everything would have been on the same branch, but Leda had fun anyway!)

Leda with Christmas Tree

After we were done with the tree, we got the sugar cookie dough that Mommy made the night before out and made some cut cookies! And this was all before dinner! Daddy made the famous Shrimp Soup and we had a great dinner while we watched the Eagles do something that put a smile on my face for the first time pretty much this whole football season - beat the Cowgirls! Yeah! Take that Jessica Simpson!

Leda was packed off to bed at 8 - it was a busy, busy day for her, especially with no nap! She's really looking forward to Santa coming!

Christmas Tree, 2007 version

Tonight, I finished off the sugar cookies, made some split seconds and am about to put together the baklava! And, then, I am done. Well, except for a few more presents that are needed and a few tins and baskets for the cookies we will give the neighbors and some others we know! It's gonna be a busy week - Grandma will be here tomorrow night and Wed we are out shopping to stock the wine fridge and then Thursday I have my last minute shopping night and then Friday night we are off to Grandpa and Nana Yates for the weekend. Back home on Sunday, praying the boss gives me off on Monday (or at least a half day) and then over to Aunt Rachel's for Christmas Eve dinner and then, THEN, Santa gets here! Woooo Hoooo!

I'm gonna need a long winter's nap somewhere in there!

So, off to layer phyllo dough and then to bed. Not sure how much posting will happen this week - will probably update next just before Christmas day! The week before Christmas is always so crazy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Panic in the Northeast

If you are in the Northeast, panic! There's a winter storm coming! Oh, the horror!!!

Okay, so the poor Midwest is coated in ice and it is horrible and I really hope we don't get that kind of storm here, but come on, why do the local channels have to make it sound like the end of the world is coming? You'd think we'd be snowed in for days and days and we had better stock up on that milk and bread (by the way, why, oh why, do we always stock up on milk and bread? Why not more important things like snack foods and beer? I mean, if the world is coming to an end, I'd rather have a beer and some Pringles instead of milk and bread!) and be prepared for power outages and not being able to contact anyone for days!

We are expecting 1-3 inches, maybe. Maybe a little slush to the south. Probably more of a mix bag of precip. Usually means it is going to be an ugly day, no one will be able to get anywhere fast, but the end of life as we know it, nah!

Now, the storm we might get on Sunday - that one might turn out to be something. Guess it all depends on when it starts and how far south it starts. Else, we might have some white stuff, but can probably not worry about needing milk and bread to sustain life for days on end.

Hey, isn't my Mother supposed to be in the NJ area this week? This could be the reason for the storms! She's known for coming from FL and bringing snow. Go figure that one out! ;-)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Potty Update

Yes. I have become one of THOSE parents. You know the ones I speak of. You know because you have at one time or another avoided this type of parent at parties. You have, I know. Because I am pretty sure I used to avoid this type of parent before I gave birth.

I apologize to the poor woman who got stuck having a conversation with me at the party on Saturday, because she had to listen to nothing but how my daughter was doing with potty training. All the highlights, too! The poop, the pee, the messes, oh it was lovely.

I woke up Sunday morning and just cringed as I remembered this conversation and I promised myself I would apologize to poor Nancy as soon as I see her again. That is if she doesn't totally avoid eye contact with me so as to avoid any more talk of my child's bodily functions.

So, I share with the rest of you! Don't you feel special? I knew you did!

Leda has been doing wonderfully. She's really good at using the potty when she's at day care, but that's because the wonderful ladies there are right on top of her about it all day long. They really are wonderful.

This weekend, as it was the first weekend since Leda started potty training that I would be with her all weekend long, we decided to wear the big girl panties - ones without absorbency! Leda was really excited about wearing her underwear with Tinkerbell on them! She promised to only go in the potty.

I decided I would make sure to take Leda to the bathroom every 30-45 minutes to enforce the whole, gotta go in the potty theory for her. The first time on Saturday morning, I was greeted with protests as it would mean she'd miss part of Mickey Mouse! Oh the horror! So I asked her if I brought the training potty down to the living room, would she use it - because she refused to use it when we bought it almost a year ago. The only use that this potty has had is by all Leda's dolls.

She agreed, so I brought it down to the living room and she promptly used it. And christened it! Awesome! So all Saturday morning, the child would sit on the portable potty and do her business and Mommy would clean it up. It was going really well, until right before nap, when she sat on the potty, but totally didn't do anything and then, ten minutes later, she complained that the couch was wet! Yep, first accident.

So, after nap, back to the potty training. She was doing pretty well until we needed to leave for the party when she promptly, two seconds before we were out the door, peed in her pants. So, it was pull-up city for the party on Saturday night.

Sunday was another good day, she was really using the portable potty seat and no accidents at all (except one toward the end of the day).

Only problem - the bowel movements. We know she knows when she is making number two, but it is almost like she refuses to use the potty to make it. She will just mess her pants and THEN try to take her pants off - which ends up in a mess and there's hosing off involved and it's not nice dinner conversation (but I apparently didn't think of that on Saturday night! And I can't blame it on alcohol either, as I only had a beer or two the whole night!)

Anyway, we are going to keep at it. I think we may have a child who is potty trained very shortly after the new year. I'd like to have this figured out by the end of the year, but I am not going to rush it.

Now, aren't you glad you stopped by to read this? I knew you were!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A Serious Case of the I WANTS

If we had any doubt that this was the year Leda figured out this whole Christmas thing, last night put it to rest.

I mean, she figured out this Santa dude. Sorta. She really wanted to meet him, that was for sure. Not sure if she understands the whole "asking him for stuff" thing, but she did pretty good asking him for stuff.

And, she may not TOTALLY understand the Christmas thing - birth of Christ, one day of year that we exchange gifts with everyone we love, etc. - but she sure understands that at some point this month, she's gonna get some stuff and she's making sure that she doesn't leave anything off that list of hers!

Last night we went to Target to do a little shopping, we had to buy a birthday present for Miss Paige who turned 4 yesterday and who is having a birthday party tonight. And I had to buy the yearly supply of Christmas wrapping, bows, tags, cards, etc.! This year, I was smart, I bought a container to put all that stuff into so I can find it for next year! Yeah, I'll let you know how that goes!

So we get to the toy section of the store, and that is when the I WANTS hit. It was a bad case, really bad. There was I WANTS all over the place! "Mommy, I want that. I want that. I want that there. Mom, Look, I want that!" and so on and so forth.

I had thought that this would be the last year that I would be able to buy her Christmas gifts while she was with me, but I guess that came and went with last year! We picked out a nice gift for Paige (which we aren't going to mention here yet as her Mommy may check the blog before the party tonight and we don't want to spoil the surprise!) and Leda was all like, "I want this, Mommy" and I told her it was for Paige and she was all like, "why mommy" and I was all like, "Because it's her birthday." And that was when Leda informed me that it was her birthday, too! Well, I set her straight on that one - "No, honey, it's not your birthday. Your birthday is in April. I remember it distinctly. I was there!" And Leda was all like, "No, today is my birthday."

Well, the rest of my trip to Target was consumed by having a heated discussion with my daughter about when her birthday REALLY was and "No, you can't have the present we bought Paige, because it is for Paige", and, "If Paige wants to share her present with you, she will, if not, you will have to wait until Christmas to see if Santa brings you one." and so on and so forth. Oh, and no, I didn't buy anything for Leda during this trip, else it just caused more headaches for me! So yes, I have to go back to the big bad store to do more shopping! Yuck!

And the I WANTS continued through the store. Leda wants a game for some PlayStation or xbox machine that she is NEVER gonna get (well, not until she's a teenager at least) and I am pretty sure she wants a rap CD or it might have been Barry Manilow's Christmas CD, not exactly sure which one she was pointing at. I kinda hope it was the Barry Manilow CD because I wouldn't mind that so much but it would drive her Daddy nuts, and after my shopping trip to Target last night, I think that's just the thing to make me smile! ;-) Oh, the list went on and on. Practically the whole store. And maybe one or two of the shoppers in the store!

So, the kid, she's got the I WANTS real bad. I realize that there is no cure for this and we'll just have to wait it out for, oh, another 15 or so years. Hey, I think I could handle the I WANTS if it wasn't accompanied by the WHINING! Oh, how I hate the WHINING! But that's a post for another day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Jennifer Love-Hewitt, I Applaud Thee

Not that I usually care, but seriously, I had to give a big Hell Yeah to Jennifer Love-Hewitt for fighting back against the Media Machine that calls her fat. Or any other actress fat.

And, yes, I barely know who she is, but man, is she right!

I mean, really, does it really matter that she has a little cellulite and maybe a little belly? I mean, who doesn't? Okay, okay, there are some who don't, but one day, even those might find some bulges in places there were no bulges before. We really need to stop worshipping the size 0 actresses and models of the world as the end all and be all of beauty. Time to let little girls know that it is okay to not be "perfect" but to be healthy and active.

Good for you Ms. Hewitt! (However, I will be refraining from putting this body in a bikini. The world's not ready for THAT!)

Christmas Shows

Leda is now old enough to watch and get the old Christmas shows that are on TV this time of year. She doesn't quite understand the commercials - that'll be another year or so!

So last night I let her stay up late with me (late - she got to stay up until 9, instead of going to bed at 8!) to watch Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer. She liked it. It has been awhile since I had actually watched the show. I loved it.

I told her tonight she could stay up and watch Santa Claus is Coming to Town with me, but she decided to be bad for me, with Daddy gone for a few days, she's working on how far she can push Mommy. Well, she pushed me far enough that I am sitting here watching it by myself! Oh well.

We'll probably stay up on Friday night and watch Frosty. I have a feeling we might be in trouble come January. The kid, she'll probably want more Christmas! I don't think she's going to understand "waiting until next year!"

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Kid is Awesome!

We went to see Santa tonight. Leda has asked to go see Santa for about two or so weeks now, ever since I made a big deal about Santa at the end of the Macy's Parade on Thanksgiving. I decided that going on a Monday night, after dinner, early in the month was probably going to be our best bet to avoiding a long line (and the subsequent meltdown that might ensue when you make a two and a half year old stand in a two and a half hour long line!)

So after dinner we piled into the car and off to the Mall we went. Terrifying. I hate Malls at Christmas. No, really. I hate Malls just about any time of the year, but ESPECIALLY at Christmas. The only time I will go Christmas shopping at a Mall is early on a Sunday morning - it is always the quietest time to go shopping. I can't stand the crowds - and, if I am not done by noon (when it starts to get crowded), the rest of the shopping is done online!

Anyway, I digress....so, we get to the Mall and luckily, it is not busy. We get to Santa and the line is not long at all...all of about a ten-fifteen minute wait. Leda was getting excited. She wasn't too keen on the waiting in line to see Santa - I mean, come on, he's right there, why can't I see him NOW! But wait she did, with very little whining, if any at all, which, these days, was an amazement in itself (that's a totally different post!)

I figured that this is what would happen...we'd get up to Santa and Leda would immediately be shy and not want to have anything to do with him. I would try to get her to sit next to him or on his lap and the screaming would commence. I figured the only picture of Leda and Santa I was going to get this year was going to have Mommy somewhere in it - preferably BETWEEN Leda and Santa. Boy, was I wrong....

So, it was her turn, and she walked right up to him, said Hi, lifted her arms up for him to pick her up and she sat there on his lap and had a conversation with him. She just started talking to him. I was so stunned and everyone in line behind us and around us were so amazed that she was talking to him, I have no clue what she said to him! Really! She had a conversation with Santa. With acknowledgement from Santa. And Leda not screaming.

The picture taking was still a little difficult. When it came time for Leda to smile at the camera, she stuck her tongue out. We tried to get her to say "Cheese", "Happy Feet", anything, just stop sticking your tongue out, kid! Finally, she did smile, a very coy looking smile, but one good enough to take and keep for prosperity!

Santa and Leda, 2007

She said Merry Christmas and off we went to the Build-a-Bear Workshop to let her pick out her own Bear this year. We didn't bribe her, she had no idea we were going to take her to get her a bear until after she sat on Santa's lap. I would have been getting her one this year anyway, as I do every year. Leda picked Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. And she is sleeping with him right now!

We got in the car to come home and Leda said, "We do it again, tomorrow?" She was so darn awesome, I might just let her!

NYC over the weekend

Brock and I headed off to New York City on Saturday morning, after safely dropping the kid off at our neighbor's house for the weekend. She wasn't too happy about it, but Connor turned on Mickey Mouse Club and it was like we had suddenly disappeared.

So off to NYC we went, hoping we could get there, check in at the hotel and get to Todai for lunch at 1pm. As we were driving up the NJ Turnpike, we saw a notice that the Lincoln Tunnel had major delays, so a last minute change in plans, we were going to go through the Holland. Problem with that was we needed to get from lower Manhattan on the West Side to Midtown on the East side! On a Saturday. During the Shopping season.

We got through the tunnel by 11:30 and it took us another 45 minutes before we were at the hotel. Gotta love NYC! Anyway, we got there in plenty of time to valet park the car, check in and run our bags up to the room before meeting the Shier's for a taxi cab ride to Todai.

On Thursday, Brock and I decided that we wanted to go to Todai for lunch before the show we were going to and we thought we would ask the Shier's to join us. That turned into asking the rest of our office to join us, so we ended up with 10 for lunch at Todai. Turned out not to be a bad idea, everyone loved it!

Off to the Garden for Cirque Du Soleil's Wintuk , which was a fun show. I will admit, I expected a lot more acrobatics than we saw, but the show was lots of fun and the surprise ending was awesome (I don't want to give away the ending, just in case anyone thinking of seeing it stops by here!) It was a show one could take their kids to - the kids would love it!

After the show, we hoofed it back to the hotel. Originally I wanted to head up to Rockefeller Center to see the tree, but that would have been at least 20 more blocks there and back to the hotel and it was chilly! And crowded! Wow was it crowded - all the avenues were just teeming with people shopping. Side streets were much easier to walk on (along with the fact that the crowds tended to be on the avenues, the wind was blowing straight down the avenues - side streets were lots less chilly!) I don't think I've ever seen so many people! I've never been to NYC for the Christmas season, so this was something new. Got to see Macy's all lit up - and no, I didn't stand in line to see the window settings - and in all honesty, I don't understand the interest!

We got back to the hotel and had about an hour and a half to kill before dinner. Too little time for a nap or basically doing anything, so we vegged out watching a little TV, then we got ready for dinner.

Dinner was very nice, in the hotel restaurant - we stayed at the New York Helmsley hotel and dinner was at Mindy's. Dinner was excellent. We had a great time getting to know the new guy in our office, Joel and his wife Bari. Then, for desert, half of every table got up and moved to the next table - it gives us all a chance to get to know other people in the company. Bob Malley and his wife came to our table and some how the college name Hobart was brought up - Brock had gone to Hobart - well, turns out, so did Bob and his wife! At the same time! As Brock! So for the next hour, Bob and Nina an Brock all reminisced about people they all knew. Turns out they knew a lot of the same people, but Brock and Bob were unable to connect where they might have known each other back then. Talk about small worlds!

After dinner, we retired to the bar and had drinks and good conversation. It was a lot of fun. I wish I had had the chance to take a nap earlier in the day though, because I was beat! I do have to say, that being tired protected me from drinking too much, which was a plus!

We headed off to bed around 1pm. I didn't sleep well that night, for what reason I don't know. But I didn't and finally, about 7:45 in the morning, got up, took a shower and Brock did the same and we were off to find breakfast. It was snowing pretty good in the city, but only about a half inch on the ground at that point. It was kinda pretty! Brock and I had breakfast in Mindy's and then checked out and got the car outta hock and off to Rockefeller Center we went so I could see the tree before we left the city.

We found a parking spot on the street a block away from the tree. We had to pay our $2 for the meter and off we went to see the tree. Amazing how not so big it looks in person! It looks twice as big on TV. Guess what they say about the TV adding pounds is true, even for trees! Anyway, took some pictures, watched Santa skate on the ice rink (I can safely check off one of those things I need to do before I die - see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree), and back to the car within 10 minutes and we were on our way home. We were out of the city by 10 and home by 11:30 to a little girl who was very excited to see us!

Rockefeller Christmas Tree, 2007

Tonight, we will attempt a visit with Santa Claus. At the Mall. The kid better sit on the old man's lap and get a nice picture taken with him if I am going to the Mall during Christmas Shopping Season! A report will be forth coming!

Oh, and although I did post every day during the month of November, the only prize I will get is the praise and accolades I receive from you all, my faithful readers, as I didn't win any of the prizes. Not that I did it for the prizes, but I was hopeful! Oh well, better luck to me next year!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Small Town Friday Night

It's the holidays so Friday night in a small town means a holiday parade!

First we had a little dinner. And Leda played with her new toy from Aunt Claire (which is SO cute - I really was going to be going out to get this myself - I am so happy I don't have to now! Thanks Claire!) Leda played this thing over and over and over again (Yeah, Thanks, Claire!) and danced and hugged it! It was so cute, I dug out the video camera (now, if we can figure out how to get the DVD play to record the VCR, I'll post it! ;-)

Snow What Fun!

We headed downtown to watch the "holiday" parade. We got the scoop from our neighbor, who is a Kiwanis member (Kiwanis sponsored the parade) and member of the church within Brock and I got married (not IN the church, the pastor came to our house and married us in the back yard), that the church was "sneaking in" a manger scene, complete with a pregnant Mary, her husband Joseph and the three wise men. So we were prepared. What we weren't so prepared for was the SECOND manger scene! Yes, that's right, our little small town HOLIDAY parade had TWO manger scenes! So much for politically correct! ;-)

Leda at the Holiday Parade

Anyway, Leda was having fun. We saw the Philly Phanatic (he must have been the Grand Marshal) and lots of fire trucks all decked out in lights and Christmas decorations. We saw Cinderella and Shrek (our neighbor dressed as Shrek) and Elmo and lots of other characters that Leda has no interest in because she hasn't a clue who they are (yet!)

Philly Phanatic

And then there was the most exciting of all, Santa Claus! Leda waved and yelled to Santa Claus, and he waved in our direction, but as he passed us, Leda looked down at me from her perch on her Daddy's shoulders and said, "He didn't hear us," and proceeded to yell louder at Santa. I told her he did hear her and he waved and that we will go see him this week to make sure he knows what she wants for Christmas. She really is excited about Santa - so we'll see if she actually will sit on his lap or if she will have nothing to do with him!

Santa!

It was chilly tonight, so luckily, it was a short parade (although they never seem to get the spacing right! - we are always waiting a long time in between acts!) So we headed back home for a bath and bed.

Seeing as it is the LAST DAY OF NaBloPoMo (AND I MADE IT!! WHOOO HOOO!), there will be no posting tomorrow (WHOOO HOOO!) Well, that and Brock and I head off to the Big Apple for my company's Holiday party. I get to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree live and in color tomorrow night! I am so looking forward to it! Leda is going to spend the day and night with our neighbors and we'll be home on Sunday early afternoon (hopefully - if the weather holds out!)

Posting every day for a month was hard, but kinda fun. Looking forward to not doing it again until next year! Back to our regularly scheduled here and there posts! Thanks for reading! ;-)

Conversation with Leda

It was a drive-by conversation. And not so much a conversation as it was Leda informing me of her latest calamity...

Leda says to me, as she is walking out of her room, "Mommy, I fell down the stairs."

I respond, as she passes me, still walking, "Yeah? Are you okay?

Leda says, matter-of-factly, practically in the next room, "I cried."

I look to Brock and say, "I am so blogging this."

It was cute - doesn't translate as well in print, but it was cute.

We are off to eat dinner and go to the Holiday Parade. May be more posting later, with pictures!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Resolutions

(This posting every day is HARD! I'm beat! Technically, two posts left to go, tonight and tomorrow. Then I'm taking a break for the weekend! And maybe several days next week! ;-)

I'm digging into Todd's suggested topics for tonight's post. New Years' resolutions.

I used to resolve to quit smoking every year for the somewhere around 20 years I smoked. Every.Stinking.Year. It took some time, but I did finally quit in 2004. As 2005 was about to start, it was the first year I decided I wasn't going to make any resolutions because I had finally accomplished the one that had been dogging me for years.

I didn't make one last year either. I think I had decided that I needed another year of no resolutions.

This year, I'm thinking of resolving to lose some weight and/or get an exercise program going. I think if I try to put an exercise program together for myself, I will start to lose some of the extra weight I would like to get rid of. That's really the only one I can come up with at this point.

It's a big one. I was starting to get myself into some shape after I had quit smoking, but I found myself pregnant and the exercising went by the wayside. I noticed in a short period of time how much better my body felt (a lot of that had to do with being three or four months out from no smoking). I'd like that again, I just have to make the time to do it!

So that's pretty much it. I resolve to make time to exercise in the new year. Oh, and I am going to try and pick up the guitar again.

And now that I have pledged my resolve to the Internets, maybe it won't take me 20 some years to make this resolution come true! ;-)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oh, Yes I Did!

I just put Best of War and More on my Wish List.

Seriously.

On my way out tonight to hang with the girls and drink some wine and eat some good food, I heard "Spill the Wine" - everytime I hear that song (and mind you, it's an oldie, I know, so it doesn't get played often), I think, I gotta get that album.

Well, I figured maybe I could download the song - but NO, I have to buy an album to get the song (and it's not even the right album) so I found the album on Amazon and I put it on my wish list. When I get it, I can play "Spill the Wine" anytime I want. And "Why can't we be friends" and "Low Rider".

Awesome! Brock's gonna hate it - I'll put it on a playlist with "You're so Vain!" Cool!

Seriously, someone get it for me!

Five Things about Me

Colleen tagged me with this meme last week. Being that I probably am going to need some ideas to finish out the NaBloPoMo month, I figured, what the heck.

Then I realized, I was going to have to come up five interesting things about me! Well, I don't know if these are interesting, and I didn't apply a theme to them (I'm just not that creative!), but here they are:

1. In my life, I've played five instruments. In order that I learned them, I've played violin, piano, flute, piccolo and I recently was learning to play guitar. Well, recently - I was learning when I was pregnant. I planned on picking it back up, but, well, I had the baby! I've been a bit busy. I guess I could say I know how to play six instruments - if the recorder counts. Anyway, I can read music and play some instruments (although when I picked up the guitar, it had been probably about 20 years since I had last read music - it took me a few minutes to figure it out again!)

2. If you want to know who performed a particular song, I may be able to tell you! I used to be really good at knowing the title and/or the artist of most any song I heard. It was sorta my thing. You know, like Ross's thing was getting divorced* - my thing was being that annoying person who knew the song and artist before everyone else. (okay, was this five ANNOYING things about me, or interesting things? I forget!)

3. I am a British citizen, as well as a United States citizen. I have dual citizenship. I was born in Great Britain when my father was stationed there in the Air Force. Because I was born to United States citizens, I was born a United States citizen and because I was born on Britain soil, I am automatically a Brit. It doesn't buy the groceries, but it's fun to throw out there once in awhile! Nope, I don't have a British passport - although I have thought of getting it.

4. I can not roll my Rs. No matter how hard I have tried, no matter how many times someone has attempted to teach me to roll my Rs, I have NEVER once been able to roll my Rs. I am just incapable of accomplishing that task. It is something that keeps me awake at night.

5. I can remember the name of every pet I have had:

My first pet was Sam. He was a black cat with a little white patch on his chest. He was an awesome cat. He was an outdoor cat we had when I was in kindergarten/grade school. He disappeared one day and we never saw him again (at least, that was the story I heard - if that isn't true, don't tell me - I like to think he hopped a plane to the Caribbean and he's soaking up the sun.)

At the same time we had Sam, we had two other cats, Spooky and Samantha. Samantha was Spooky and Sam's daughter (I think - that's why we named her Samantha). We had a beagle named Ralph, but most everyone who drove by our house called him Snoopy because he used to sit at the top of the sliding board on the swing set out back and watch all the traffic go by.

We had a poodle named Toby who gave me a scar on my upper lip to remember him by. At the same time, we had the BEST dog in the whole world (well, before Duff), a collie named Ace. Ace was the nicest dog, but very protective of my Mom, Aimee and I. We always said, he'd show any robbers that broke into the house all the silver and jewelry, but there was no way they would be leaving!

We then had a cat named Kitty. The cat's name was Kitty because no one could come up with a name for it for the longest time and we just got used to calling it Kitty. The cat was actually my sister's cat. I hated that cat as much as that cat hated everyone else except my sister. It was an evil animal. Seriously evil.

After that, I was out on my own. The next animal I had was my own cat, Dela, who is still alive and kicking (and is probably the second most evilest cat after Kitty) at 15. And then Brock moved in with his two dogs, Eliott and Spike. Then we got Duff, our Westie. Whhhewwww!

I think I was reaching on that fifth thing, but what the heck!

*A Friends reference - The One After Vegas where everyone agrees that Ross's thing is he likes to get divorced.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Potty Time

I figured this might happen...Leda is thinking more about using the potty since our trip to Florida.

I figured that if she saw Sami using the potty, she'd start to realize that she's big enough/old enough to use the potty, too.

However, I am not sure if it is a novelty for her or if she really needs to go when she asks to go. Sometimes, she does, sometimes she doesn't.

We probably need to stay on top of her - taking her to the potty every half hour or so, regardless, so she gets the idea. I've tried to talk to her about when she feels like she needs to go she needs to tell me or Daddy, but not sure yet if that is why she asks or not - because most of the time, she's got a wet pullup on!

That's another thing - she really wants to wear pull-ups - I tried underwear on Sunday and she went the whole into early afternoon before she wet herself ("I leak, Mommy") She didn't seem to upset by wetting herself either, except that she wanted out of the wet clothes.

Since my work holiday party is this weekend, I am setting next weekend as the weekend I am going to be on top of her all weekend long to see if I can get this kid potty-trained. I know she's ready - if she's not 100 percent ready, she's 99.9 - I thin that's pretty darn close!

We are still off to Costco tonight for diapers - and pullups - who knows, maybe we will get lucky and this will be the last diaper purchase - ever! (except for over night pullups!)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Common Searches

Ugghhh...it's back to work after a weeks vacation! Boy did that suck!

So, I am with little inspiration for a good post. Yes, I have been given ideas, and I hope to get to them before the end of the week, and I did get tagged with a meme, but I just don't have the wherewithal (Love that word!) to come up with anything intelligent that anyone would want to read! So, I thought I would post some of the most popular searches I have seen hitting the site in the past couple of months.

Well, maybe not so popular, however there are a few that have been used more than once, by more than one person, in more than one country! They would be:

Ferris Wheel searches: "how much to ride a ferris wheel" and "ride ferris wheel while pregnant"

"his name was rico" - I've had probably about 10 or so hits in the past three months on this one - for what reason, I haven't a clue!

"its gonna be a bright shiny day" - another one that I've seen several times over the past month or so.

I get a lot of hits from people looking for my father-in-law, but that's probably because Brock is named after his dad - then again, I guess they could also be looking for Brock - who knows!

Now, for some odd ones:

dirty bread and immune system
disease that weekend immune system
aimee ledas

There are two or three searches that I won't post here (only because there are young impressionable persons who read) that are just plain scary! They bring up some weird sites along with mine. Luckily, it's usually just that the words used in the search appear somewhere on my blog!

There are more:

two front teeth
david bromberg father
big&rich 2007 cd
poconos weekend for kids
pictures of people in love at christmas time
first day of daycare
Moose and Zee stuffed animals

Just interesting to see the different searches that bring people to the site.

Yeah, I know, this post sucked! I promise something better tomorrow!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Yates Christmas List, 2007 Issue

Okay, here it is, in all it's glory. Some of this is old news to some of you (as I emailed this list to a bunch of you family members in like OCTOBER because SOME of you needed to SHOP EARLY. You know who you are! And if you got something on this list, you know who you need to let know so that there are no duplicates! If not, let me know, I'll email you the email list!)

Let's start with the easiest person in the household - Brock. Let's see, I know I must have his list somewhere around here...really, it must be here, I know I must have it, I've only asked for it a million and one times...seriously, where did I put that list?...Oh, That's Right! I HAVEN'T GOTTEN IT YET! Oh well, guess gold lamé thongs are in order this year (remind me to fill the rest of you in on that inside family secret/joke someday.)

Okay, so let's go on to someone who made their list this year. Well, with much help from her lovely and wonderful mother - Leda:

Leda has a Wish List at Amazon.com. I will try and add to it over the next week.

We are getting Leda the LeapFrog ClickStart My First Computer along with the Finding Nemo - Sea of Keys software. Any other software for the ClickStart would be good (there are two listed on the wish list, but I think there are more out there).

Leda's starting to fit into 3T clothes. I think by her birthday/summer, she should still be fitting into 3T. Any clothes would be fine.

Leda loves Winnie the Pooh and Tigger these days and she LOVES Mickey Mouse, so anything along those lines is bound to be a winner! Oh, and don't let me forget Diego and Dora.

Oh, and she's getting a doll house (my old doll house when I was a kid) and she will need some furniture and dolls to use in it - I think there are some on her wish list - if not, I will try to remember to throw some on there!

And now, for ME!

I also have a Wish List at Amazon. Yes, there are things on this list from three years ago, and I still want them! ;-)

iTunes gift cards would also be greatly appreciated!

I'm also into kitchen gadgets - little ones, not the big expensive ones. I want a new set of nice measuring spoons, a lime/lemon juicer thingy (not a machine, just a little hand press or something along that line) and a chopped stuff scooper thingy (Mom, you know what I am talking about!)

I would still like world peace. It's been on my list like forever! I know, I am a dreamer!

Let's see, anything more for me? Well, I could use a good sweater or two - am about a 12-14 or a Large (I just admitted my size to the entire Internets - Wow!) I could probably use a nice blouse or two - nothing frilly, just something flattering for a size 12-14 or Large body. I really don't have any ideas of what, since I really haven't shopped for myself lately - not clothes wise. I like those empire waist like shirts - definitely need the right size on those though - they need to fit the chest well! ;-)

Candles and picture frames are always nice, too!

Maybe a few gift cards - Pottery Barn, Target, Barnes & Noble.

So, that's it. The Yates Christmas List, 2007 Issue. Oh, and Brock promises a list by the end of the week.

So, where are the lists from the rest of you?? Would be helpful if I got them soon, since I have to shop and mail them! ;-)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Home At Last

We are home! Duff is very happy to have us home - I think the entire first layer of the skin on my face is completely saturated with Duff kisses!

We made it as far as Fredricksburg, VA, last night before Brock decided he didn't want to drive any more. The drive from Jacksonville wasn't bad - we stuck to I-95 and really, the traffic wasn't bad. We found a hotel (I use that term lightly) with a king size bed for the three of us and we crashed out! It is amazing how even in a King size bed with the kid sleeping between us, I still only end up with about one foot of sleeping area - the kid, she likes to sleep right on top of me!

We didn't sleep all that well - the bed sucked, the room wasn't all that much better and Leda spent part of the night coughing. We awoke around 7, Brock took a shower and I decided not to (apparently, not a bad decision on my part) and we headed off to Denny's for what had to have been the fastest served breakfast I think I have ever had at a Denny's and we were on the road by 8:30AM! Leda slept pretty much the entire way home, waking up about a half hour before we reached our destination. No nap for anyone today! ;-)

The house looks good, the leaves on the trees are pretty much gone (looks a lot different from a week ago!) and Duff, as previously mentioned, is VERY happy to have us home, however, try as she might, Leda STILL can't get him to come play in her room with her!

More later after we have a chance to sit still and not feel like we are moving at the speed of light. I have some pictures from Thanksgiving day I want to post as well.

Wow, it is really good to be home!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Going Home

Today is the last day in Florida. We are heading home to Pennsylvania shortly, after a little turkey leftovers lunch.

We'll go as far as we can today. With Brock and now Leda not feeling particularly well, it will be doubtful we could make it all the way home without stopping for the night. At least, that's the plan. We'll see how far we get and how late it gets.

In the meantime, Leda is having some fun running around with her cousins for a few hours and working off some extra energy before the long ride home. I think she will miss her cousins something awful. She has had a lot of fun with them this week.

So, next post will probably be from home. Hopefully we will have a safe and easy trip home! We had fun in Florida, but are looking forward to seeing Duff and our house again!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Feast

What an awesome meal we had this evening. Aunt Aimee and Uncle Kurt and the girls came over and Uncle Jeff was here and Kay and Phil and their three girls came over (they are friends of Aimee and Kurt) and we had fried turkey and mashed potatoes and green bean casserole and risotto and cranberry salad and two different stuffings and Oh. My. God. there was SO much food!

There was Pie afterwards! Yumm!

Aunt Diane and Uncle Tony came after dinner with Lisa and Randy and their two kids and we all had fun hanging out and digesting the wonderful food we had just ate!

It was an awesome day (except for Dallas winning, darn Jets!) And the weather turned out not so bad, after some raining this morning. The girls watched Sleeping Beauty (or Sleeping Booty, as my daughter calls her) and then we poured them all into bed.

Tomorrow we will get up, pack, spend a few more hours with Uncle Jeff and Grandma and Granddaddy and then we head home to Duff, who we miss a lot!

The Fun Things That Happened Yesterday

Leda made an apple pie with Grandma!

Making Apple Pie

Yummm, Apple Pie!

Bob went for a dip in the fountain, while Auggie looks on!

Bob takes a dip

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wine, Wine, Wine

(The title was suggested by someone else in the family - definitely one of those who was actually drinking the wine.)

Today was a definite vacation day - one of those vacation days when nothing is planned and all there is to do is to sit around and do nothing at all. A really awesome day.

We sat around and did nothing - Leda played and Brock complained that he's coming down with strep and I read my book. A good day all around!

This evening, The Marson's came out of quarantine (turns out both Abby and Sami have strep throat, but they are on antibiotics now) and Brock made his famous Shrimp Soup (it's probably not what it's actually supposed to be called, but that's what we call it - it's awesome - you Kingsleys will understand!) and we had us some shrimp and bread and we had us some wine (the aforementioned wine) and we waited for Jeff to show up.

Jeff did finally show up with Bob, his trusty Jack Russell and we all had a good time hanging out. This has been the first time in YEARS that I have seen Jeff and even Aimee and Kurt hadn't seen him in some time, so we were quite excited to see him. Leda was a little weary of him, but I am sure that after a day with him tomorrow, she'll warm up to him quite nicely.

We laughed and we drank wine and we talked about school and work and all the things we do now. And we broke up fights amongst the children's and it was just a fun evening! And there was even a little swimming (Bob took a dip in the fountain, pictures to be posted at a later date!)

So, it's time to shuttle the kids off to bed and the adults to sit and relax for a little while before hitting the sheets to prepare for the tryptophan coma that will be tomorrow - Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Funny

I find it funny that the people I am spending my vacation with feel the need to still check the blog to find out what I am doing!

Very funny! ;-)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lions and Jaguars and Gorillas, Oh My!

Today, we went to the Zoo!

The plan originally was to take all the kids to the Zoo for the day with Grandma, but Abby wasn't feeling so well and needed to go see the Doctor, so just Grandma, Sami, Leda and Mommy and Daddy headed off for the Jacksonville Zoo.

What a beautiful day we had. The sun was shining bright and it was warm! A bit over dressed I was for the weather (wearing jeans and socks! Would have LOVED to have my flip flops!) We saw the lions and we saw some snakes and some turtles and some carybaras (big rodents, yuck!) and anteaters and monkeys and gorillas. We even saw some bears and jaguars, but they were sleeping!

Leda and Sami had lots of fun running around and seeing who could get Grandma to carry them the most! ;-) We got close up and personal with Gorillas, which was awesome. The Jacksonville Zoo is really nice - it's like walking in the jungle. And going on a Tuesday was a bonus - hardly any crowds (in fact, no crowds at all!)

We rode the train to get some lunch and then we had to head home - we had two tired little toddlers! Grandma had to take Sami home directly, for as it turns out, Abby had strep, so Sami needed to be checked also. Hopefully Leda will be unscathed (as well as the rest of us!) So we will probably not see the girls again until Thanksgiving. Boo!

It was a nice outing. We are looking forward to just hanging out at Grandma's house tomorrow, relaxing and preparing for the Turkey Day Feast! Oh, and Uncle Jeff is coming tomorrow, too! Awesome!

Click on the picture for more Zoo pics!

Jacksonville Zoo, 11/20/2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

St. Augustine

Church

We spent lunchtime and then some in St. Augustine with the Marsons today. Had a little lunch (and not enough sangria) at The Columbia and headed down to the old fort to walk off some of that good food!

We didn't go into the Castillo de San Marcos but walked around the outside and the girls had a good time climbing on the old canons and the sea wall and watching some dolphins play off in the distance.

Girls being serious

St. Augustine is a beautiful place (at least old city is). I wish I had thought about going to college at Flagler. It would have been an awesome place to go to college. The old buildings and the old market area are just beautiful. Yes, it's a but touristy, but bearable. Especially on a Monday! Except when trying to find a parking place!

Girls being silly

The kids had fun together today. So much so they didn't want to be separated at the end of the day. But off to separate houses they went - Leda slept the whole way back to Grandma's and then went up to bed for another hour (or so, she's been up there for about an hour now!)

All in all, an awesome day. Tomorrow, Jacksonville Zoo with the Grandparents!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunshine State

The weather is beautiful here! Today the sun shone brightly and the air was early fall or late spring like (well, early fall or late spring in the Northeast - they are used to this down here!)

We left home around 8AM yesterday for Florida. We drove straight down I95, which is a surprise, because Brock hates the stretch between Philly and Richmond - too much traffic. But he figured it was the faster way to go, rather than drive 100 miles out of our way just to avoid the traffic.

Leda was a trooper. Never complained once! Unbelievable. And we didn't give her the DVD to watch until 3pm in the afternoon! Due to the uncomplaining child, we had short stops and made it to Jacksonville by 8:30PM!

There was lots of playing around with all the fun stuff Grandma has at her house, a little eating of something that wasn't road food and then we got into bed around 10pm. Leda was going to sleep in the guest bedroom just down the hall from Brock and I. She seemed to fall asleep pretty quickly. I headed off to bed, read my book for a few minutes and fell off to sleep. Next thing I know, I hear Leda calling for me out of my sleep.

I go into her room and she is not liking the unfamiliar bedroom. She wants to come sleep with me and she's not taking no for an answer. So Brock and I make the decision to let her come sleep in bed with us for the first night, we'd work it out later.

Now, I've been fighting a mouth ulcer for the past couple of days and haven't been sleeping all that well. It is in the back of my mouth where my jaws meet and it is being irritated by just about anything I do, specifically because of a wisdom tooth that is rubbing the darn thing raw. So, put that on top of having a hot little girl sleep in the bed next to me who also decides she must sleep with her head on Daddy and her feet kicking Mommy in the back or side or stomach (depending on the direction I decide to turn) all night long! I didn't get much sleep!

7am comes rolling around and Leda wakes up crying - her lip hurts (she's got a little sore on it where she busted it open the other night). I try to get her to lie back down and go to sleep for a little while, but she's too smart for me - "but, Mommy, it's light out now," meaning, I don't have to go to sleep now, I wake up!

So, up and out of bed we are, to greet the day and see what it has in store. Leda played outside this morning and we did a little shopping for the makings for salsa and baked beans for Sami's birthday party. We then headed on over to the Marson's for a little birthday party. We had a great time, watching football, hanging out, drinking beer. Leda and Sami wore Grandma out by making her push them both on the swings. Leda loved paying in the "Toy Bedroom" - Abby and Sami's play room.

GrandDad and Fay were here too, they were down here for two weeks and head home tomorrow. So Leda had two sets of grandparents in the same place for the first time in a while! We had a great dinner and awesome cake and ice cream, and then headed home.

Leda is currently in the bed she wouldn't sleep in last night. She's already attempted to get me to let her come sleep in our room, but I am going to attempt to hold fast and not let her get her way. This morning she said she was scared last night and that's why she had to come sleep with us, but I think it's more a novelty than she's scared - she's barely putting up a fight, so I am doubtful it's fear of sleeping in a strange bedroom. More, she just wants her way!

We going to spend the day with the Marsons tomorrow and see what stuff we can get into around here. So off to bed to get some shut eye! Hopefully!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Florida Bound

We are out of here! Splitting like logs! Gone like yesterday! Elvis has left the building....

I think you get the picture.

We are Florida Bound. T-minus 13 or 14 hours (give or take, most likely give!) and we'll be in Florida preparing for that Turkey feast!

Leda's ready to go, Mommy and Daddy are ready to go. Duff, not so happy he has to spend the week with the cat at home! But our lovely neighbors will be looking in on him every day several times and he'll probably even get to go over to their house and play with the kids and the dogs!

Next post, from Florida! Woooo Hoooo!

Now, I am off to get some coffee and pour myself into the car! See Ya!

Friday, November 16, 2007

TV

Earlier this week, I did attempt to start a post about who I thought would (or should) win Survivor. In that post I mentioned I thought Frosti should and might possibly pull off a win. After last night, I have scrapped that post. So, here's the replacement.

Who do I think should win Survivor? Erik. Who will probably win (but SO doesn't deserve it)? That little weasel Todd. What a wanker. I really thought Frosti deserved to win it (was a little disappointed he tried to throw his former tribe mate Erik under the bus). I also think it would be nice if Denise the lunch lady won, but I don't think that is going to happen unless she starts thinking for herself. In all honesty, I'm starting to get a bit tired of Survivor. There are no surprises anymore - you pretty much can figure out who is going to be voted off about half way through because the way it is edited together, it pretty much telegraphs the one who is gonna get voted off.

I'm stuck on CSI - I love that show. Not the other ones, the spin offs, but the original. I liked the paring of Grissom and Sara and actually got teary at the end of last night's episode when Sara left. That sucks! What else sucks? What the ER writers are doing to Abby. So unfair, having her start drinking again while Luka is away and messing up by sleeping with that Moriarty guy - Hello? You are married to Luka! The hottest man alive! (well, except my husband!) What are you nuts??? Seriously, I am just so disappointed in the direction they took the character - I really don't think she was that weak to start drinking again. I think the writers screwed up.

I'm looking forward to the Men in Trees episode tonight - there was kind of a cliff hanger last week with Marin surrounded by wolves. Hopefully she makes it through okay and Jack decides to stay in Elmo.

That's pretty much it when it comes to TV for me these days. Only shows I really watch anymore. Oh, and Desperate Housewives, but I don't really don't have much to say about that right now. I think that one is just a guilty pleasure - don't think I have really started to be interested in any of the characters to any point to care what happens to them or not.

That's a big change for me. I used to have shows on every night of the week. Now I have a few shows (most of which appear on the same night) I feel the need to catch week to week. I do look forward to LOST starting at some point in the future (which at this point could be WAY in the future due to the writers strike). And I liked Medium, so I guess we'll see if that one comes back, too. Could be a really cold and lonely winter without my shows!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fat Lip

What is it about the end of a week before a vacation that brings out the nuts in clients? What a day.

I was worked to the bone. I am just hoping I can make it to tomorrow evening. At that point, I am done until the Monday after Thanksgiving. Hallelujah!

So tonight, I missed dinner with the family due to work, but had to finish up and take over parenting duties since Brock was going out to a car club meeting. Just before he left, I was woofing down my dinner when Leda comes running out of the bathroom asking for a lollipop. I ask for what, and she replies "for going poopy in the potty!" And I totally missed it. Brock apparently yelled for me but in my stuppor to eat the first thing I ate all day, I didn't hear him, so I missed the first poopy in the potty. Darn it!

So I gave Leda her lollipop, and we praised her like crazy and off she and I went to finish watching the news while Daddy took off for his meeting. Leda was being a little crazy around the living room, bouncing and jumping around. I asked her two times to calm down and she did, for a few minutes. I was just about to give her the time out when she jumped on the couch and BAM! Hit her mouth on the edge of the couch.

She looked at me and started crying, and the first thing I saw was the blood. So up to the kitchen I ran her to check how bad it was and it was just a bloody mess. I started to panic a little when I couldn't get the blood to stop or to even slow down, so the phone call to Dr. John was made, and by the time he made it across the yard, the bleeding had slowed and all I was seeing was a big fat lip!

Her teeth are fine (thank goodness!) she just split her lip a little. And it's gonna be fat! Oh well.

So, I guess we can add that to the hot pepper instance to see if it helps her learn her lessons. To this day, she won't have anything to do with anything that is called a pepper! So maybe she will stop jumping around on the couch!

With child in bed, and this post about to "go to bed," I am off to watch what is left of Survivor, and do some laundry and start packing! See Ya!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Awesome Commercial

I loved the tune, I just hadn't totally watched the commercial - had me giggling!

Jeep Commercial on YouTube

Totally gotta get that song for my iPod!

Uninspired

Tonight's post is uninspired. Yes, I have a post waiting to be finished that would be a heck of a lot more fun to read than this one, but I am just not inspired to finish it.

I'm ready for my vacation. Now. Seriously. I've been ready since the last vacation was dubbed the "week I spent at the beach but couldn't go because I HAD PNEUMONIA!" And I am three days away from that vacation. I am uninspired to do anything else but plan for my vacation.

Plans have us driving to Jacksonville, FL, starting Saturday morning. The plan is to be there Saturday night (sorry, Mom) but if it starts getting late and we aren't yet there, to stop at a hotel and drive the rest of the way Sunday morning. It will totally depend on how Leda can spend a whole day in a car! Should be interesting.

So I am charging the DVD player, stocking up on road snacks, thinking about packing and WHAT to pack - it's supposed to be in the low 70s during the day, but high 40s. And I just got used to it being cold (not that it's cold tonight - in the freakin' 60s! This weather is just looney.)

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I ran out to Target tonight to get all the fun snacks we'll munch on for the next millennium (I went a little overboard - got a little more than what might sustain us if the car goes into a ditch and we aren't found for 2 weeks. I think we could probably last for at least 4 weeks on the snacks I got, so no worries there!). One of the things I really enjoy about shopping by myself these days is my iPod. It's one of the few times I get to put my iPod on and hit Shuffle and turn it up as loud as I want (okay, I'm old - I don't turn it up that high any more!)

Tonight was awesome - I think I got one of the best shuffles my iPod has shuffled for me since I bought it. Here's a snippet of my shopping shuffle (which I am still listening to, because it is so awesome!)

Great Heart ~ Johnny Clegg & Savuka
But Anyway ~ Blues Traveler (live version)
Love Her Madly ~ The Doors
If It Makes You Happy ~Sheryl Crow
Something ~ Beatles
Onda ~ Los Lonely Boys
Hannah Jane ~ Hootie & The Blowfish
A Certain Girl ~ Warren Zevon
The Reflex ~ Duran Duran
Surf Rider ~ The Lively Ones
Born In The U.S.A ~ Bruce Springsteen (Live)
She's Gone ~ Hall & Oates
All Revved Up with No Place To Go ~ Meatloaf

Dude, so awesome - you can see how I got carried away in the snack aisles (was there right around Hootie and Warren! Cool!)

I have loaded pretty much our entire CD collection into my iPod. It's got something like 2600 + songs on it. Shuffle is so cool because it allows me to hear things I haven't listened to in YEARS! Like that Blues Traveler song up there. Hadn't heard it in probably 10 years. And the mix is sometimes really strange. In a good way, for me at least. When I play shuffle in the car with Brock, I sometimes have to skip some of the show tunes that sneak their way into a shuffle! He's not too keen on Charlie Daniels followed by Hugh Jackman singing Peter Allen! (I can't IMAGINE why not - that's pretty neat!)

I have only one problem when I go iPod Shopping - I tend to bop along to the music. At least I don't sing out loud! EEEEWWWWWWW!

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Tonight we had T-bone steaks for dinner. Brock likes to gnaw on the bone when he's done cutting as much meat off it as he can. I'm not much of a bone gnawler (I am going to leave that statement as is, but it doesn't sound good!) So Brock gave Leda the bone from my steak.

Claire, this is for you from your brother:

Just Like Her Father

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Tomorrow I will try to be more inspired. Maybe I will start the day off with the iPod Shuffle from this evening! That might help!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Made Me Cry

Might make a few of the rest of you cry too....

I was in my office, typing up tonight's post (which this is not - well, it is now, but it wasn't the post I originally was going to post) and Leda walked in and said to me, "Mommy, Daddy's Mommy is dead." I asked her to repeat, because I wasn't sure I heard her correctly. Brock was standing right behind her and he wasn't sure he heard her correctly either. She repeated it and I said, "Yes, honey, Daddy's Mommy is dead," to which she replied, "I can't go see her." That was about the time I started to get teary eyed.

Leda walked off merrily and I looked at Brock and asked him where the heck that came from. Apparently today in the car as they were off to do errands, Leda asked Brock where his Mommy was. He tried to skirt the issue, but decided it was better to just tell her, so he did.

It was cute and sad at the same time. She's becoming so much more aware of her surroundings and it's just amazing (and heartbreaking at the same time).

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sleepwalking

One of the things I dreaded the most when we moved Leda into a big girl bed, was her being able to wander the house at will. It terrified me that she might get up in the middle of the night and wander out into the rest of the house and possibly hurt herself in the dark.

In the past few months of the big girl bed, I've gotten over this fear. Leda tends not to get out of bed, but rather will yell for one of us (or both) or make sure we can overhear her when she's ready to get up. It's like she needs our permission to get out of bed. Which is completely fine with me.

It had occurred to me that the child may end up with one of her father's weird behaviors of sleepwalking, but didn't think too much about it. She definitely talks in her sleep, that's pretty much a given with two parents who are known to have had full conversations with one another in their sleep. Last night, I got to thinking a whole heck of a lot about it!

Some time around 3am, I heard someone walking by our door (to get to the rest of the house, Leda would have to go by our room, one saving grace - and thank goodness I am a light sleeper) and I got up and found Leda heading off into the dining room. I asked her what was wrong and she asked where daddy was and I told her in bed. She almost immediately turned around toward her room and asked me where her binky was (she didn't have it) and I walked her back into her room, she climbed into bed, I found her binky and she was a sleep before I could pull the blankets up on her.

I went back to bed thinking she must have been looking for her binky when it occurred to me that she didn't quite seem fully awake, and she did fall back to sleep very quickly. It occurred to me that I had just found my child sleepwalking. It took me a good half hour to fall back to sleep, I was so afraid the kid might sleepwalk again and fall down the stairs into the living room.

So, I wonder, how many sleepless nights I will endure until I get over the fear of the child sleepwalking throughout the house while her father and I blissfully sleep away?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

An Evening with Arlo

Last night was awesome.

I truly think I was more excited about eating at Plush. I really love that place. It's so not what you would expect that it's really good.

Basically it is a little dark bar in a shopping center. The first time we went in, like 4 years ago, it was dark and the area where they now have tables was mostly couches and chairs, places for people to gather. it was more of a night spot than a bar and restaurant. They had an awesome bar menu, but we didn't know anything of a dinner menu.

Three years ago (actually it was probably less than that ago, I think Leda had been born) we had dinner there for the first time. And it was good. The service is good, the food is good, and the atmosphere is just awesome. We'd had dinner at a few other places around the Keswick (The Tavern, the Diner, the Greek restaurant) but Plush is the best of them all and is the only place we eat before a show now.

We had steak for dinner - Brock had the ribeye and I had the filet mignon (of course). And, of course I had the Plush Martini. In fact, I had two! It's a great drink made from Grey Goose vodka, Champagne and a splash of pineapple juice. It is yummy!

After dinner, we headed over to the theater for the concert. NOW, I was excited about the concert, having satiated my need for Plush! This was Arlo's "Solo Reunion Tour - Together at last." We weren't sure what to expect, but when we looked up on the stage, the only things on the stage were a grand piano, a stool and a few guitars. We were in for a treat - Arlo by himself.

When he came out on stage, he explained the meaning of the name of the tour. 40 years or so ago he basically played gigs by himself. He didn't have any band, no backup singers, etc. For the past many years or so, he's played with his kids, other musicians, etc. He decided all these other bands were getting back together for reunion tours, he decided to get back together with himself and go on a reunion tour. Together at last.

He was real good last night. Lots of new stories. Arlo tells the best stories. He can have you laughing hysterically in two seconds flat! He played the staples, City of New Orleans, Coming into Los Angeles, The Motorcycle Song.

Brock and I had been discussing earlier in the evening about the first time we saw Arlo (last night was our third time) and how all I wanted to hear him play was Alice's Restaurant and when he didn't that first time, I was more than fine with it because it had been such an entertaining evening and I knew more songs than I had thought. As we sat down for the evening and Brock went to get us drinks, the couple behind me were talking about the concert and what they expected from the evening and I heard the man state, "I don't care what he plays, as long as he plays Alice's Restaurant." I wanted to turn around and tell the man that he'd enjoy the evening anyway.

At intermission we decided to head over to the coffee shop to get a cup of coffee and use the restroom (the Keswick is notorious for it's long Ladies room lines at intermission). Turns out the coffee shop was closed, but as we were walking through the lobby, we overheard one man say to another, "there's no drums, so I guess that means no Alice's Restaurant tonight." Brock and I looked at one another and laughed - seriously, are there drums in Alice's Restaurant? And, if there are, will it ruin the song to do it without them? (there are no drums in Alice's Restaurant - it's one guitar and a guy singing! Duh!)

Intermission ended and those first chords after intermission indicated to the audience that the time had come - it was time for Alice's Restaurant. It's amazing that the man can remember the song word for word 42 years after first singing it. But as he said last night, it's a song we all know well, especially him!

The rest of the evening was just awesome. More new stories, beautiful and fun songs. He sang Highway in the Wind which Brock has deemed his favorite song and then he ended with My Peace, which was a song written by his father Woody Guthrie. Arlo wrote the music to the song and it's really a pretty song. He asks the audience to sing it with him and he explains that he thinks that music is meant to be sung together so it can go out into the world and brighten it a little (I am totally paraphrasing, but I love the sentiment). He did this song last year as well, and I really like it.

My peace my peace is all I’ve got that I can give to you
My peace is all I ever had that’s all I ever knew
I give my peace to green and black and red and white and blue
My peace my peace is all I’ve got that I can give to you

My peace, my peace is all I’ve got and all I've ever known
My peace is worth a thousand times more than anything I own
I pass my peace around and about ‘cross hands of every hue;
I guess my peace is justa ‘bout all I’ve got to give to you

(words by Woody Guthrie, music by Arlo Guthrie)

It was an awesome evening. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope that Arlo comes back next year! We'll be there!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Transformation

Our living room ceiling is done! One week late, but the guys did such an awesome job, I don't really care! We'll be having them back to do more work on the house when we decide to do more work on the house! ;-)

So, here's the before:

Before

Here's the after:

After

We still need to put the plates up on the openings for lights, since we haven't quite decided or agreed upon what we will do with the lighting for the room. Brock got the wrong size plates, so we'll get them up this week.

And, we cleaned and oiled the floors this morning, since there's nothing in the room yet! Here's a "split" shot - left side is oiled, right side not yet!

After

It looks pretty darn good. Not moving the furniture back in yet, not until we buff the floors tomorrow morning. So I am off to clean the rest of the house so that our babysitters tonight have a clean area to be in while sitting with Leda.

Yep, that's right, we are out of here tonight! Just for the evening. Arlo Guthrie is playing at the Keswick, we have tickets and reservations at Plush, our favorite restaurant where I am going to get the Filet Mignon (maybe, I may change my mind) and the Plush Martini (again, might change my mind). Doesn't matter, just looking forward to spending some time out with my husband. Even though he can be such a pain in the butt when it comes to cleaning! ;-)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Plans

My brother-in-law Todd asked me to talk about my "five-year plan" as a topic for a posting. Well, that got me to thinkin' (yes, that was the burning smell you smell!)

This was always a question I hated (no offense to Todd!). I guess I don't think much about the future as much as I tend to just live in the present. Or maybe it is because I want to leave my options open.

I like that - keeping my options open. If I said, "Five years from now I want to have joined the circus and be a clown," then to me, that means I have to start working now to become a clown in the circus (and man, I hate clowns!) I also hate to quit, so I would feel like I have to spend the next five years working to be a clown even though I really don't want to become something I really don't like.

Or, better example. I decided long ago I wanted to be a nurse. I was 8 or 9. So, when it became time to look for colleges, I was determined to go to a college where I could get a nursing degree. It took me the first semester of college to realize that I didn't want to be a nurse. My 8 year old self wanted to be a nurse, but my 18 year old undecided self was pretty sure that I didn't want to be a nurse, even though I had no idea about anything else. See, 10 years it took me to finally quit wanting to be something I didn't really want to be. And I felt bad about it for awhile - that's just me, I don't like to quit or feel like a quitter, even though it wasn't something I would be happy at. Weird, I know.

I guess that is why I tend to cringe when asked the question, "Where do you see yourself five years from now." Because I have ideas, but I don't really want to nail myself to them!

There is some stuff I'd like to have happen in the next five years. I'd like to have Leda potty trained (please, PLEASE let this happen BEFORE year five!). I'd like to enter Leda in pre-school next year. I'd like to get our basement remodeled into usable space for the family (right now, it's Brock's office and the laundry room and the place where things in our lives that we don't need at the moment go to live). I'd like to look into getting a master bedroom addition on our house. I'd like to win the lottery. I'd like to travel more. I'd like to lose a little weight and get into shape.

I am not so sure what the future holds in store for me (or us) and I'm kinda okay with that. I know where we are today and that's a pretty good place. We aren't destitute, we aren't rich, but we are comfortable and happy.

Ten years ago I would never NEVER have said in 10 years I will be married, own a house, have a dog, have a kid(!), have a good job, not be living paycheck to paycheck, have the best neighbors money can buy, have a wonderful group of friends (although, I already had them 10 years ago!) and am happy to be where I am right now. Look at how much happens when you aren't making plans! It's pretty darn cool!

I understand the need to have a plan, so that you know what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals. And if we do decide to do something around the house or put Leda in to pre-school, we will plan for that. So I am not totally without plans. I just like to make smaller plans than for the next five years of my life. Because, if the next five are anything like the last five, it could be fun just living them and finding out what happens.

Don't know if that's a good answer or not. But it's my story and I'm sticking to it!

;-)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Driving me batty!

I used to like driving. Actually, I still do, but I wish I could drive where there were no other drivers. Because, if you haven't noticed, there are a lot of drivers who probably shouldn't be driving. In cars. Or SUVs. I'd even go so far as to say there are a few people I saw last night and tonight who probably shouldn't be let within 50 feet of ANYTHING with wheels.

There are a lot of drivers who wouldn't pass a driver's test if their lives depended on it. There are drivers who are endangering the lives of others on the road, not to mention themselves and those who are in the vehicle with them. There are very few drivers who have any regard for anyone else they share the road with. That's right SHARE the road.

What a freakin' concept.

And I'm not talking about just the slow people. The guys who treat everything as a race are just as bad if not worse. I saw one guy who figured it was his right to travel at 95MPH in traffic going about 70 MPH so much so that he almost passed the cars in the passing lane in the shoulder. Yes, he attempted to make his own lane.

I have made it home from NYC. It wasn't pretty! I was afraid I was going to be stuck on the Island. I decided the best way home would be across Manhattan - Midtown Tunnel to Lincoln Tunnel. Until I realized that most of the ways I knew to get to the Lincoln tunnel shut down from different directions from 4-7pm. So I had to drive around for awhile looking for the way off the island. Was starting to get worried that I wasn't going to even get myself voted off the island! But I figure it out and got myself out of NYC with nary a honk of my horn or anyone else's at me! Pretty darn good!

The NJ Turnpike is just the pits. Although I didn't hit any traffic, the drivers on that road are just the worst. Oh, the PA turnpike is not any better. Oh, and the cell phone use? What is up with that? I thought in NJ and NY hand held cells were outlawed. Oh, wait, that's right, the guy I saw WAS TEXTING while driving. Yes, I am pretty darn sure that is what he was doing. At 70MPH. Love it.

So happy to be home. So happy tomorrow is Friday.

I'm off to watch Survivor and veg out for the rest of the evening.

Oh, and Todd, if you are out there, I AM working on that post you requested. It's been a crazy week here!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New York State of Mind

Not really, but I am in New York!

I am actually in Queens. It's a first for me. Never been to Queens. In all honesty, not that thrilled to be here.

I'm here to visit with a client. Can you hear the excitement in that sentence? If you do, then you are listening too hard!

The drive up sucked, but was better than the alternative, which was to get up at O'dark thirty and drive up in the morning and attempt to get into the city during morning rush hour. It's bad enough I have to fight my way home tomorrow in the afternoon rush. Hoping against hope that I am out of here by 3pm or else it could be Saturday before I get home. Well, maybe not that bad, but it will be a pain in the you know what!

So, here I am, posting late because I had to drive my sorry butt up to NYC. I wish I could say something along the way inspired me to write about it, but nothing did. Well, nothing that I could write about here without a heck of a lot of profanity! Traffic was a bear. Not heavy, but all the crazies and idiots where out in full-force. And the roads here in NYC - man do they suck! The poor MINI was just bouncing all over the place. Oh, and the taxi's - need I say more?

So I am off to my Holiday Inn king size bed to try and go to sleep. Hopefully tomorrow will be not as stressful as I expect and I will be home by dinner.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Day from you know where...

Today was that day. The day that if anything was going to go wrong, it did.

Okay, it wasn't that bad, but it was one of those days that you think you are going to make headway on one project when another project rears it's ugly head and you end up spending all day working on a project that just doesn't seem to end. There's always something else to do.

On top of that, the contractors who were supposed to be done the living room ceiling last Friday, then this Tuesday, then this Thursday (yes, Mom, I do believe this guy may be related to your contractor), doesn't show up to work on the ceiling until almost 2:30pm. So much for being done on Thursday. If he's done on Thursday, I'd be really surprised.

Oh, and then, it's election day, so Brock is working the polls all day, so I am single mom. Had to get up early to take a shower before the kid got up, so I could run her to day care before work. Well, that didn't work too good - she was up about the same time as me, so I never got to take that shower (yuck, I know). Then I had to pick her up at daycare, run over to vote, let Leda have a few minutes of Daddy time (which just ended up with me having to hear her scream and cry all the way to Boston Market to grab some dinner because we left Daddy at the polling place), and finally get home to eat dinner (first meal all day, due to the never-ending-project issues).

So, now that's she's in bed, I get to relax, right? Probably not - gonna try and finish up something for work and THEN, maybe I can climb into my PJ's and into bed and veg out on really bad TV. Oh, please, let me finally be able to veg out on some really bad TV!

Good night!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Time Change sucks...

Maybe I didn't notice it last year or the year before (I guess I should look back a year ago and in 2005 and see if I posted anything) but this year the time change really seems to be wreaking havoc with Leda.

Last night we went out to the Tournament of Bands at West Chester University to see John and Jennifer's nephew's band play in their division. What a flash back this was for me. Well, and I think John, Jennifer and John's brother Chris, as we all had been in marching band in high school. I think I almost got a little teary there on the first band performance!

Leda seemed to like it. I think that she's still a year or so away from wanting to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time. She almost immediately asked for her binky which usually means she's tired. We headed out for a quick bite before coming home and putting her to bed by 8pm. She went right to sleep.

This morning, she was up before 7am. This child doesn't usually start making noise until at least 7:30. Oh, and Sunday morning, she was up at 6:30. So I am pretty darn sure she hasn't gotten used to the time change yet! (Neither have I, so I don't blame her) Tonight Brock had to go prepare for tomorrow's election after dinner so Leda and I headed out to the craft store (a word about that shortly). She got weepy as Brock was leaving and then started asking for her binky. It was 6:30pm! She was pretty good at the store, but probably because I had given her the binky when we got in the car to leave the house for the store!

We did okay at the store (sorta) and we headed home, but about half way home, the kid, she got whiney and moany and all out of sorts. She complained about something hurting but couldn't (or wouldn't) tell me what. We got home, Brock was here, we started to change her for bed and she just started crying and wouldn't calm down with out some serious cuddling.

We weren't sure what was wrong with her. She went from full out crying to laughing within seconds. We put in her drops (for the pink eye that we don't think was really pink eye) and gave her a little motrin (in case she really was coming down with soemthing) and read her books and put her to bed. I guess we'll see what tomorrow brings!

Okay, as for the craft store - I decided I would make a hanging planter holder using macrame. I used to do a lot of macrame when I was younger, late 70s - early 80s. Since we needed to bring some of our plants in from outside and my ivy plant is growing quite long, we decided it would do best hanging. I figured, what the heck, it would be fun.

Apparently, macrame is so 70s. It basically doesn't exist in the craft store I went to. No books on it, no materials. I went to the book store to see if I could find anything there and only ONE book could be found and it wasn't an instructional book, it was a pictorial.

I am bummed out. I guess I will have to try a different craft store and see if it has anything on macrame.

Anyway, I chalk it up to the time change. It sucks! One thing I can't blame the time change for is the dismal performance of the Birds last night. Talk about sucking! I am usually not a 'guess there's always next year' kinda fan, but this year is pretty much done for. Oh well. guess there's always next year!

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