Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Giving it another go!

After several years, I have decided to give blogging another try. This time I will be challenging myself to try a new thing for each post. Please find me at as of February 2014!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

I eat therefore I am

Well, we've survived week number two of preschool. Monkey's doing better. Getting use to the class schedule and having less time outs. Only one yesterday! Yep, celebrating the baby steps. Apparently he's finding coming back to the classroom from recess particularly challenging. There are 11 kids in the class for the three adults to wrangle and Monkey is not the only new one so corralling them is particularly challenging on the playground. The first couple days Teach ended up picking up a fighting Monkey and carrying him back to class. Since then, she's come up with a new, more effective method. Now when Monkey rears back his fists and runs toward her to punch out his anger, she simply speeds up her pace and leads the chase toward Room 16. Like I said, baby steps.

I have continued to enjoy my 'me time' while he's in school. I got a pedicure on Monday since finding soft skin on my heels was nearing the archeological dig phase. Tuesday, I went grocery shopping and yesterday and today I went to the gym. It's been a while since I've worked out since the last two times I went before the holidays Monkey got 86'd from the kids club for being too aggressive with the other kids. (I am taking him back tomorrow morning so cross your fingers for us.)

I had planned to clean the garage this weekend but my dad called and said he's coming for a visit so I'm putting it off again. Next weekend Britums and I are taking our mom on a  girls' get away weekend. It was her Christmas present and she doesn't know where we're going yet so I won't say anything until we're back. Except that I'm super excited. So, here I am again saying that ONE DAY SOON I'm going to gut the garage and get this creation ball rolling. In the mean time, I have been sticking to my other resolution and making one new recipe a week. In fact, I've even exceeded my goal. More than one a week! I've also made a couple repeats, but I'm counting them because it's still cooking. Like, real cooking. Go me.

So far this month I've made:

~The Red Spoon's potato hash with goat cheese which I mentioned in an earlier post,

~Mrs. Bettie Rocker's orange balsamic chicken,

~Smitten Kitchen's sweet potatoes with a fall salad, (I made this at Thanksgiving and it was even better this time because I cooked the potatoes more to her direction. She's smart.)

~Real Mom Kitchen's Slow Cooker Beef Dip Sandwich, (the hubs favorite so far)

~nachos (they deserve a shout out because, simple or not, they're yummy)

~ chocolate and vanilla pudding in a pre-made pie crust (It counts as a pie right? I made it for book club.)

~ My friend Erinne's recipe of toasted baguettes with goat cheese, fig jelly, and prosciutto. (So addictive!)

 And from Martha Stewart's Living, February 2011 edition:

~Pita with Ricotta, almonds, dried apricots and honey (a really nice 'snack' I've been having for breakfast)

~Sliced Mushrooms with Melted Fontina

~Crab Ravioli with Lemon Butter (Britums came over and made this with me and it was fun to cook with her even though it was kinda more work than it was worth.)

Not too bad right? Go me!!

This weekend I'm gonna make a wreath. For Christmas I gave The Hubs grandma ("GGma") a certificate for a wreath a month to hang on the door of her room at the retirement village. So I'm going to make a Valentine's Day one for her. As soon as I can figure out how to make tabs at the top of my blog I'll start a craft section and post a picture of each wreath. My friend and fellow blogger Kristel is going to help me with some of the layout stuff she's figured out so maybe that'll be sooner rather than later.  If you get a chance, you should follow the link to the blog. She's crafty. And funny.

Despite the fact that the garage is being put off, I plan to keep myself busy for the next couple weeks. More crafting. Less pampering. Back to reality. First, I have the wreath, then a little project for our girls' trip, then valentines for Monkey's class, then The Olympic Gamers are having a 1920's murder mystery party which will require costumes and decorations (I'm stoked!), and I'm starting to plan a bridal shower I'll be hosting in May (never too soon right?). Plus, of course, more food!  I've decided that this goal of mine to make and eat more food is completely brilliant!!!!  The point is there will be more to post about.

If nothing else, I'm sure Monkey will give me a good reason to tell a story.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Too Cool for Preschool

Well, it's happened. My itty bitty baby boy has started going to school! It's crazy to drop him off with fifth graders running around and think that he actually belongs there! At a real school! HE'S ONLY THREE!! It's just so ahead of schedule that I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around it. It's like he's super advanced. Actually it's because he's super delayed, but somehow that evens out, right? Anyway, I made a lot of jokes about how I'd be uber-sensitive about leaving him the first day but I didn't really believe I would. And? I totally teared up while walking away from his classroom. I just wanted to go back, sit in the corner and play fly on the wall.

His first day was Tuesday so he was there three days last week (they have Friday's off.) I like his teacher so far. Though really it's too soon to say. My like of her comes from two sources. First, a co-worker of The Hubs' served a student that had her as a teacher and she gave her a really good review. Second, when the rest of the kids came into class on Monkey's first day she told one of the kids he was "the bomb" for bringing everyone a snack and followed it with a fist bump. I found this to be in the same vein of kid speak as mine so that worked for me. We'll see how it goes once the transition phase is over.  Hopefully Monkey will come around too. He willingly goes to the teacher each time I drop him off and it doesn't seem like he's upset to be there, but he's already been in trouble several times. I did mention it's only been three days right?

The first day he got time out for throwing something at a kid's head. The second day he was pulled out several times for hitting other kids. When he was taken back to the group he immediately did it again. And again. Ugh. Then the third day, there was a sub (did we already wear the teach out?) and she said that the TA had given Monkey time out for fighting to play at the sand table when he was suppose to be doing something else. When I picked him up one of the days he had dried snot on his face.  I asked if he'd seemed sick and was told it was from crying. Oh the heart strings. Ouch. I know this is part of the process, it is certainly par for the course at home, but it's hard to not be there giving him a hug when its over. I mean just look at him! He's so little and cute. Even when he is being a punk.

First Day of School
So what have I been doing to avoid running into the classroom and insisting completely untruthfully that I can remain a quiet observer? Well, Monday I went shopping. Like, for real. Clothing shopping where I didn't have to stand in front of the dressing room door with my legs together so Monkey couldn't climb out under it while repeatedly saying, "look, look... who's that in the mirror.... Just wait one minute, baby....Just sit down... Momma's almost done... Please don't cry....Please sit down... Here's a lollipop. No? Um, how about a juicebox?.... Please don't scream.... Look, who is that in the mirror? ..... Shhhh..... Look, I just wanna buy a bra that's underwire is still attached and then we can go.... No baby..... Sit..... SIT!....Etc."  Tuesday I came home and took a nap- alone! I know I'm lucky to nap more than the average person because Monkey still does every couple days, but doing it without having to corral him, or be kicked, or peed on by him was a thing of splendor. Then Thursday I got my hair done. On a weekday! What is this amazing world of stress free adult activities? It all seems vaguely familiar. And wonderful. Maybe preschool's not so tough on Momma after all.

As I mentioned before, I do plan to gut the garage and start my creating soon. Upon further examination however, I've determined that this is not do-able in the two and half hour Monkey-free time frame I have each day. Less when you count travel time since I can't bring myself to put him on a bus! So, stretching it out over the week would mean moving things out and then back in each day and taking twice as long to do it all. Therefore, I have decided to make it a weekend project. Just not this weekend. Maybe next?

And until then? Shopping and naps!


That was the sound of angel voices hitting a holy chord.

Like you couldn't tell.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Just Checking In

Monkey had his placement meeting with Child Find this week and will be starting preschool for 2 1/2 hours a day, 4 days a week before the month is out. I know it's what I wanted, for both him and me, but I'm still having a hard time wrapping my mind around just handing him off to someone everyday. (Breathe McCall.) It will be good for him as he will get more speech therapy than he is now and it'll be good for us because it's free which his current therapy is not.

The last three months of speech pretty much ate up my budget for the party I'd mentally been planning for Monkey's 3rd birthday and we had to decide not to do it. I know his development is more important than a party he won't remember but I'm bummed that we were too broke to throw it. The Hubs student loans can't come soon enough!

Anyway, my point is that with Monkey doing his thing I will be able to put some time into my own goal of crafting more. I am planning to spend the first week or two clearing out the garage (yes it's THAT bad!) so I can have some space to use my saws and other awesome tools and then I'll start re-purposing some goodwill buys or something. I started this blog for just that reason so I'm excited to finally get the ball rolling!

My goals is to start blogging AT LEAST twice a week once Monkey starts school. I'll write about my building and crafting projects of course but also about life as wife and mom. One of my new year's resolutions is to cook a new meal at least once a week. I imagine I'll post about those too, though most likely it'll just be links to other people's recipes because that's how I roll. For instance this week I made this (with some adaptations around what was already in my fridge) and it was super yummy!

So that's all. I just wanted to check in with the blogosphere and make it known that though I haven't posted in a while, I will be again soon.

Stay tuned...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Venus and Mars on Housework

 When The Hubs loads the dishwasher:

And when I load the same dishes:

  Notice all the extra room?

I appreciate that he uses his very limited time to do chores around the house. I really, really do. But I have noticed some major differences in how men clean (or at least my man) and how women clean (the right way.) I'm not necessarily complaining about him; it's more a commentary. 

Here are some other examples: We've lived in this house over two years and though we've never rearranged the kitchen, he has an amazing ability to find new places for things to go each time he unloads the dishwasher. By new I mean wrong. Also, he does more laundry than me (well, washes more, not puts more away) but never seperates the loads by color. His argument? He doesn't believe in segregation of colors.

We've been together 15 years and he's done more than his fair share of housework so I know this isn't one of those 'act like you can't do it right and eventually she won't let you do it' things. But I don't get it. Is it really a gender thing? Do any of you face these, shall we say, differences in technique, when it comes to your chores?