Friday, January 30, 2009
At a restarant I usually know what the people behind me are talking about, what they order, how their day was, etc...
At a playground I love to listen to other mothers discuss their children, husbands, pets, whatever.
In line at stores is a great place to listen in to conversations. Teenage girls are particularly interesting.
Cell phone conversations, though one sided, can also be fun.
I don't do it to be mean or judgemental. Anymore, it is just a habit. I can even do it while holding a conversation with whoever I am with. I have shushed Chris a few times so I could find out the ending to the story I shouldn't have been listening to. I really can't help it.
A proud moment happened yesterday. We were out having dinner (because if I hadn't gotten out of the house after 3 days cooped up, something bad was going to happen) and Chris and I were talking, Ellie was coloring, the the servers were behind us gossiping. Without missing a beat, not even breaking stride in her coloring, Ellie goes "Mommy! The lady behind us is talking about Walmart!" A proud moment indeed. A huge smile broke out on my face. Chris just shook his head. A new nibnose is born.
So beware. You have been warned. If there is something you don't want me to know, make sure I am far away when you discuss it. I might not mean to listen, but I will.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Ellie is growing up and now asks for "privacy."
My next door neighbor is a little crazy.
I have never worked in my "field" and that is ok.
Time alone in my own house is about the best thing ever.
I really hate to work out, but will do it when a bathing suit is in my imminent future.
Wii boxing is a kick-ass workout. My arms are killing me.
Orange and Pink can go together.
I love brussel sprouts.
I sometimes feel inadequate after reading the blogs I follow. These women are crazy talented.
Facebook is terribly addicting.
I can no longer eat popcorn. It leaves me with terrible gastrointestional issues.
My husband looks great with longer hair (wink wink honey!)
I like laundry.
I am freakishly strong when it comes to rearranging furniture.
Tator Tots are better now than they were when I was a kid.
I am more gypsy-like than I thought I was.
I finally perfected the pancake. Mine are better than IHOPs now.
I don't feel guilty with all the tv E is watching. What the hell else am I supposed to do with her every second of every wintery day?
E has graduated to real movies. Hello Lion King!
Turkey Bacon is better than real bacon. The key is making it really crispy.
Ellie just isn't ready to use the potty.
Sometimes an almost 3 year old wins the grocery store checkout lane battle.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Giving a high-five.
All bundled up.
I think she was saying "It's COOOLLLDDD"
Nice and toasty inside, making sure he is still outside.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
So without further ado...
A cup of coffee I had to warm up 3 times before I finished it. I was going to stop and get a Starbucks on the way home from my dentist appt., but realized I like mine better than Starbucks.
All the shoes Ellie has worn so far today. She is such a girl.
The m&m's we are bribing Ellie with to get her to potty on the potty. She hasn't gotten many and I have had my fair share.
The teacups I recently brought home from Mom and Dads. Recognize these Paige?
Ellie and her animals. We do this every single day.
A pile of folded laundry that needs put away.
A sweet little angel that Linda Bean got me for Christmas. I smile every time I see her.
Wubbzy running down the street. It's so bright and cheery here today. Not.
Reading Francis. A current fave. Notice the panties!
A few more of Ellie's books. For some reason, I never feel guilty buying her another book, but oddly enough, most of these were gifts or mine when I was growing up.
The best pic Chris and I have ever taken together. I am 8+ months pregnant in this pic. Isn't he hot!
A picnic for puppy and Dora.
The wedding ring my husband forgot to put on today. In his defense, it is too big, especially when it is so freaking cold.
The shirt I am about 95% sure I am wearing to Mom's night out tonight. Chinese. YES!
My mom and dad at their prom. Chris and I at our prom.
Some of my mothers favorite books. I have only read "To Kill a Mockingbird" & "Jane Eyre." I have my work cut out for me. What you don't see is another whole shelf with lots more. Those are mostly the work of Gene Stratton Porter.
A sweet little bird I got at Target for $3. Score!
Monday, January 19, 2009
This is perfect potty training attire.
Our gigantic, evil cat Hoosier. I realized she had never been in the blog. There she is. And Ellie took this pic. Not too bad!
Proof that she is nice to Ellie. Paige is convinced she is going to eat Ellie in her sleep.
Goofy look in the "cave" aka basement family room. Coziest room ever.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Yesterday, I was getting ready and a loan commercial came on TV. The announcer goes "Do you want to get rid of your debt?" And without pause Ellie goes "Yes, I do!". Cracked me up. I looked down at her and told her what a good girl she was and how she was right, debt is bad. Now she goes around saying "Debt is bad, mommy" or "Mommy, get rid of your debt." Ha!
Sound financial advice from a toddler. Priceless.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
And this. Hi Randy! (from "A Christmas Story" in case you didn't get it)
You would dress your kid like that too if it looked like this where you lived.
Go away winter!
Ellie, though, as brilliant as she is, knew I was low on blog fodder, so yesterday, she provided some.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Chris and I recently upgraded to HD and because of doing so got, like, 3000 movie channels, one of them being Showtime. I was flipping through the channels one night and NOTHING was on. How is that even possible with 3000 channels? So for some reason I stopped on The L Word.
THIS SHOW ROCKS! Now I am a happily married heterosexual woman but these women are awesome and the show is fantastic. Plus I have a total girl crush on Shane. She would be the one in the middle on the top in the picture. And I totally want to be best friends with Alice. She would be the farthest left on the top.
It is definitely on a movie channel for a reason because there is lots of lovin' and cussin' but it is so well-written and funny. I am bummed that I just now found it and the last season starts soon. A lot of it is just about women supporting women. That is nice to see these days. And unfortunately rare. There is a scene where they play basketball that had us laughing hysterically.
Needless to say, Chris doesn't mind it either.
So if you want a good series to watch this summer when all the reruns start, I totally recommend this. Good stuff!
ok, 3000 was a slight exaggeration.
Friday, January 9, 2009
So yesterday, I went in to get her after no nap, again, and was quite frustrated again. I think at one point I told her she was driving me crazy. I then decide that I cannot stay in this house with a no napped toddler another day. I don't care if she falls asleep in the 7 minute car ride to the library, I will wake her butt up. I have to get out! So we go to the library (and she stays awake) and play for a bit.
Picture it. A quiet library. Only us and one other mother and daughter are in there. Quiet. Ellie and I are reading BUNNY SCHOOL and she looks up at me and goes:
"You not mean anymore Mommy, you being nice now!!"
Hmm. I chance a look at the other mother. Crap. She's smiling. She heard. I felt an overwhelming urge to explain everything to this mother. "She hasn't been napping. It's been a tough adjustment", etc... Instead I look down at Ellie and go:
"I wasn't mean, I was frustrated. There's a difference. You need to take a nap, honey"
I threw the "honey" in there for good measure. At least the other mother wasn't discreetly on her phone calling the authorities. I think she totally got it. I mean, only good mothers take their children to the library for play time, right? Right?
Then we went to Target for a little retail therapy.
Ugh. Then to top it all off, she was nodding off and so exhausted at 6:30 that I just put her to bed. It seemed mean to keep her up. Guess who was up at 4:30 this morning? I think you'll only need one guess. It's going to be a long day but totally worth it if she takes a freaking nap! One nap could get us back on schedule.
Here's hoping anyway.
This pic has nothing to do with the post. I just smile everytime I see it. They walked around the whole mall like that last weekend. People everywhere were laughing. I don't think Chris found it as funny as I did.
Thursday, January 8, 2009