Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"Does Argentina ride a horse?" (says DS2)

"The whole country?"

"Who's that famous lady?"

"I'm not sure. There are lots of famous ladies."


"That's Argentina." (point to world map, conveniently located nearby).



"Noooo, that lady who sings in Flushed Away."

"Ooooooh! Tina Turner!" (though I'm not sure it's her singing the version that's in that movie, but I have a tape of the Ike and Tina review and we listened to it in the car a bunch of times after they watched Flushed Away)

I'm not sure what this has to do with the horse game they were playing as they galloped around the living room.

And I was starting to wonder where he had heard of Eva Peron and Don't Cry For Me, Argentina.

Looking back, looking forward

I feel almost obliged to make a post as a wrap-up of 2008.

But honestly? I can't really think of what I need to note that I don't note every day.

  • I have three kids now.
  • The big kids like school, though the 1st grader will deny that until he gets there and then he's fine.
  • The baby's standing while holding on to things.
  • I wrote a book during NaNoWriMo. It needs work, but has potential. I printed it out and just need a three-ring binder for it. i have one around here somewhere...
  • I read a lot of books. Lying around breastfeeding gives me lots of time to read.
See? Not much to wrap up!

More facebook people (AKA out of the woodwork)

I managed to link to a friend of mine from high school, and then to her brother who was also sort of a friend... and from them to a whole slew of people a couple of years younger than me from high school that I haven't heard from in ages and ages and ages.

And dude! A goatee, shaved head and massive tattoos? On him? Well, OK, it's not that surprising because by the time he was a sophomore and they moved away, he was already rebelling. And my mom will fall over when I tell her who I'm talking about. Such a nice boy.

So hey, a whole new level of facebook :)

Fell through

Our old playgroup meet up in the park has fallen through. I'm going to call a friend from the group and see if she's up for doing something anyway. It's a chilly, foggy morning, but I hope it will burn off by this afternoon.

Monday, December 29, 2008

I dunno. What day is it today?

I keep losing track. Still a week until school starts and I'm not in a great mood anyway, so it seems like forever. We have a play date tentatively scheduled for tomorrow or else I will drag the boys to karate, even if it takes kicking and screaming. Or at least drag them off to a park, if it's as nice as it was today!

I printed out my NaNo book today. 183 pages 1.5 spaced. I just skimmed it to get it all in one file the other day and it has potential. I am following (3 weeks behind) the Plot Whisperer's blog about how to organize the story in your mind before you even start rewriting. Only that takes a lot of concentration and I'm having a hard time focussing.

The men in the family are watching Le grand blond avec une chaussure noir on DVD. It's a French movie (obviously) and was remade with Tom Hanks wearing one red shoe. So it's fairly old. They might be watching the second Grand blond movie, actually.

It's going to be time to put the baby to bed soon. She had a fairly late nap, but I don't want her staying up too late anyway. She ate about 10 grapes (cut up!) at supper, so that's going to be an interesting diaper in a day or two. The rest of her food, she crumbled and spread all over the place.

I made duck pot pie from the leftover Xmas duck, plus rice, plus lots of vegetables. It needed salt, but is was otherwise good. I am the queen of pot pie! We have a cheap steak in the freezer and maybe in a week or so I'll give it the same treatment.

i see on facebook that my brother has 'friended' someone who has the same name he does. So now I'm googling myself :) HUH! Someone posted a poem on a usenet site that I wrote when DS1 was a baby. At least they gave me credit :)


I put a CD in my laptop so I could listen to music and then it took 15 minutes for me to set up the computer to play the music, and I didn't even set up an "account". Why would I need to set up an account and download my own CD to my laptop, instead of just listening to the dang thing? But anyway, I should probably listen to something else, since I'm trying to work on my book set in late 19th century with U2 playing in the background. I should at least put in.... Not sure I have a lot of late 19th century music. A bit of early 19th, then late 20th.

But I have Rocky and Bullwinkle blaring in the next room, too.

And I'm trying to organize my story by writing major scenes out and the only index cards I have say "from the kitchen of". Well, I'll probably never use them as recipe cards....

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Just downloaded

237 more pictures from DS2's camera AND replaced the batteries again. I might post some, since some are pretty good.

Do they make rechargeable AAA batteries? or is this a conspiracy between Fisher Price and Eveready?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Pictures from DS1's new camera

More pictures from DS2's camera

More to come from DS1's camera.

"Is hot lava a weapon?"

This from DS1, almost 9.

DS2, almost 6 1/2, has something in their raging, widespread lego game that is hot lava proof.

DS1 wants everything in the game to go his way and doesn't want DS2 to have an powers that he doesn't.

As I have been told that I said once about a similarly bossy, always-had-to-win, older brother, "He won't let me play with his invisible lion!"

giving stuff away

Does anyone local need a car seat (baby in a bucket or a roundabout)? Or a ring sling? Or a 365 page cat calendar? Or newborn or small cloth diapers?

I'd even go non-local on anything but the car seats.

Trying to get rid of extra stuff here....

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pictures from DS2's new camera

They look awful on the tiny LCD screen, but these are actually rather good quality, as long as you're looking at them in the thumbnail size....

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Santa came, he saw, he conquered

We all have a satisfyingly large heap of presents to our name. There are presents in the stockings and two that were meant for the stockings but which weighed too much. There's a cookie and 2 carrots with bites out of them plus a wrapper from a mint in a bowl. NORAD hasn't posted that Mr. Claus had hit town, but he was in Oregon last I checked, so I should scamper off to bed in case the big guy swings by with more loot.

And Mom, Santa took the sticker that said "To T and Z" off the gift bag for C and T. Santa was a bit confused there for a minute as to why you would have shipped a box that contained only a present for kids you were going to see in person. But hey, it's near the end of his route and he's a bit tired and his "Ho ho ho" is down to a chortle.

Santa's in Redding! I'd better go!

Christmas cookies!

My mom cuts the sugar cookies out, then puts egg white on them and decorates them with sprinkles and colored sugar and such before baking them. That's how we always did it when I was a kid. I only had red and green sugar in the cupboard, but I did have icing....

I was done in this picture, DS1 had declared he didn't want to do any, but then came late to the party, which is why he doesn't have very many cookies in front of him.

DS2's cookies

DD eating an old carrot (that's the reddish stuff on her face) and pulling up on everything while we decorated

DS1's um... ah.... Well, he was decorating it without the white frosting, using yellow, and then made a big, red blob which he said was where it got stabbed with a sword.

The rest of DS1's decorations

This was another day, with DD pulling up under the table and then complaining that her head was getting bumped.

Green lips

My cookies. Note the traditional Xmas moon that looks like a banana and the round one that says "Christmm__" because I ran out of room

Sometimes I feel sorry for DH, who never does the fun stuff. But he did finish a web page for someone yesterday.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Why we have clocks

DS1 wanted to know how many seconds are in an hour. He got it right, but then I showed DS2 how many seconds are in a day (86,400) and how many in a year. But to count to 31 million and change, you couldn't sleep for a year and you'd have to count while you eat.

So DH said that's why we have clocks.

Aw heck!

So.... who is it that has been telling my kids not to say "heck"? I thought it was a mostly innocuous replacement for a swear word.

I know that a few people get their knickers in a twist if you say "golly gee whiz" because they're replacement words for god and jesus (and people who would burn me at the stake for spelling out those words - and then not capitalizing them. To which I put on a brown robe and fake beard and dance around singing, 'Jehovah! Jehovah!')

But to say "heck" is a bad word? I'm not taking the lord's name in vain if I say "hell" do I? Rather the opposite. I'm blaspheming Satan? Shouldn't I be putting him/her/it down?

To tell the truth, I've been known to mutter "fart" too instead of the f-bomb. Am I blaspheming my digestive tract? (Or intercourse, if I do drop an f-bomb?)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A couple of large, boring movie files

Suitable for grandmothers only. Well, and me.

Except everyone should look at that expression in the still shot. That's her hahaha flirty expression.

And here she is, running away from home to be raised by turkeys. Except she got distracted a bunch of times and never quite made it.

Christmas time PICTURES

Whoops, my rubber tree plant with garland

Dining room chandelier

DS2 and DS1

Pulling up on everything

Busily decorating

Ah. hmmmmm.

Because I'm not allowed to take a picture without a kid, right?

Did I mention she's pulling up on everything?

DD running away from home to be raised by turkeys. Take me too!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I should be happy for her

because it means she's getting over the bout of constipation, right? DD is currently working on her 4th poop of the day. You just can't rush it...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I hope that worked

I suddenly realized an hour agpo that I promised to bring at least a dozen cookies to DS2's class for after the winter performance tonight, so i grabbed the recipe for cake mix cookies and then made them in a pan like bar cookies. So, essentially, an un-fluffy cake. I'll see if they are a disaster when i go to cut them up. If so, we'll be stopping somewhere for a box of store cookies....

And i found a pair of brown pants for his beaver costume. I made him a brown velour pullover a few days ago, so he's ready to go. At least no one said if he needed a tail and teeth. Too darn late, I say.

Monday, December 15, 2008


My friend, Jen, is still in a lot of pain over her nephew's death. Please send love and vibes and whatever else. Hug your children close and think of the poor boy's parents.

Why yes, I am a lightweight

It's supposed to get down to 27 tonight and be rainy, which means it might actually snow.


Yeah. 27. Heh!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

random weekend meme

Things I have done are highlighted in bold. Things I want to do will be in italics.

(Things in parentheses are things I added!)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (only if concert, marching, and jazz bands count)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (actually hiked up a mountain)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang/played a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (quilting and not totally from scratch since Mom taught me to sew)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (No, but have held a baby goat)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (only a fish!)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Made a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person (I can't believe I lived In Austin, just up the highway from San Antonio for several years and never went to the Alamo)
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Gotten a speeding ticket

Friday, December 12, 2008

Very very sad

I was going to post pictures fo the quilt I finished and mention that my car passed its SMOG test today.

But there was an email in a yahoo group I'm on. A friend of mine lost a nephew today. He was not even three and they don't know why he died in his sleep.

How do you even deal with that sort of shock?

Love to Jen and her family.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"Ahhmmmboo" answer

Well, other than Mom, no one even tried, because if I gave the context, then you'd have the answer.

So here it is:

Drat, that's really dark. It's an exciting game of peekaboo, though.

Lots of random stuff

Need to get to work on binding a quilt.

Hoping DS1's presentation on the Miwok Native Californians went well. It took some doing to get him to organize his thoughts and get them written out for his presentation. I ended up typing it into the computer for him.

Wondering what brown clothes we have around for DS2's star turn as a beaver next week.

Finished about 8 dozen chocolate cherry cookies for a cookie exchange. Oh they're good! About 20 left for the family, even after I ate the ones that were the worst disasters...

Wondering what sort of odd person would be sure to send Facebook Lil Green Patch plants to an old friend's wife whom I only knew slightly back in high school. I mean, am I worried that I am going to make her jealous by sending her DH, whom I haven't seen in.... 15 years or so, a cyber poinsettia and not sending her one?

Read The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread a couple of days ago. It was really good and I'd recommend it, especially to my NE Ohio friends, because it takes place in Cleveland. Am currently attempting to read a biography of Louis Pasteur. The plot's a bit thin, all telling instead of showing...

Went to karate last night. I don't usually go on Tuesday because the class starts at 8 and ends at 9, but I'm glad I did because I got to see some of my advanced belt friends that I started with back 18+ months ago. I'm still intermediate because of that little baby thing, so don't always get to see them. J's creating manga now, K's recovered from surgery, D's been out of town on business, so doesn't know four-count, though he pretty much mastered it just last night and it's taken me 4 weeks. We lowly beginners and intermediates had our curriculum down pat, so the instructor started us on Doce Pares #1 (with sticks) for when we do make it to advanced. I made Sempai A. teach me the 5-count bridge section that DS1 keeps doing the same as the 6-count, so now I can help him get it down by next week, though I'm still not positive about the foot work. And hey, I didn't even fall down last night. Almost did on the spin sidekick, but I just wobbled a bit.

ETA: Forgot to say that I got a call from the school yesterday. I won the parking space raffle! They earn extra money for the school by selling raffle tickets each month to use the best spot in the parking lot. So now I'll have a place to park throughout the various Winter Performances and all the way through January. Yeah parking. Such a Californian thing to get stoked about!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

cookies or book?

Cookie exchange is tomorrow. I have the supplies. What I don't have is more than about 1/2 an hour until I go to karate (I've been on the internet since finishing supper 20 minutes ago, but i was feeding the baby most of the time, honest).

But I could mix up the dough, sicne it does better after being refrigerated.

Oh Okaaaaaaaay.

I'll start the cookies.


What? No takers?

OK, another hint: it often sounds more like "Ahmmbvoo"

About 3 inches narrower

The quilt for my brother and SIL is coming along. I am done quilting it. They are not allowed to look at the back, but there it is.

I trimmed about 1 1/2 inches off 2 of the sides because on one side, the batting didn't go all the way to the edge and on the other the backing didn't. Now there's a subtle visual clue (other than the directional prints mixed in) as to which are the sides and which are the top and bottom. See, it's like I planned it!

I could have sworn that I pinned it right in the first place, but then when it came to sewing, it went all wonky and I had to undo about half of the quilting a few weeks ago and re-do it. I took November off and hadn't done anything until today.

Just the binding left, assuming there aren't any horrible, nasty errors that I haven't noticed yet. I'm trying to decide if I will cut binding from the leftover backing (there's certainly enough except for on that one side) and fold and iron and sew it on or if I'm going to blow a bunch of money on packaged binding, which eliminates the folding and ironing steps but unfortunately not the sewing step.

It's the largest quilt I have made yet. I'm sticking to baby quilts from here on. Maybe doll quilts.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dark and dim, but here's some good standing

First word

"Ahm- bmm"

Time to play guess that word!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

hot off the presses! PICTURES

Well, nothing's been pressed, I guess, since it's digital, but anyway.

She had been standing, so I went to get my camera and she sat down again.

So I took another picture.

And then a minute later, DS1 called me back:

Yeah, we're in trouble now.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Made it to karate

Just barely, and was a bit late due to breastfeeding DD to sleep, so missed part of the warm up.

Me and a bunch of 16 year olds - including the instructor this morning. Who wants to partner with the old fart?

But hey, I feel better and like I've had some exercise and lots of kicking and punching in our curriculum this time, so adrenaline and stress relief all around. But why do I keep doing #8 of basic blocking set wrong? It's like I can't get my left arm to go in the right direction on that one. But intermediate striking set? WHAM WHAM WHAM WHAM! Four count? WHAM WHAM thunk WHAM! (the thunk is my sorry excuse for a hook punch)

I tried to watch the advanced belts do their escrima thing because ds1 doesn't have the transitional middle part of it down, but I didn't see what they were doing. I guess he'll learn it this coming week.

more eyerolling

It's in the low 40's and it's foggy and yet it was a huge struggle to get the boys to put on shoes before they went outside to play - and a complete impossibility to get them to wear anything more than short sleeved t-shirts (and ds2 in shorts). And surprise surprise, they came back in fewer than five minutes later because it was cold.

So... tired...

I need to get my blood moving a bit, but I ma just so tired this morning. DD has been waking up every 2 or 3 hours every night for the last few (one of her FOUR top teeth that are on the verge if breaking through has broken through halfway). I also have a mild cold, so my head hurts and my nose is leaking.

I stayed up a bit late to finish reading The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes (by Crusie, Stuart, and Dreyer) for the second time. It still just doesn't gel together, but I think I liked it a little better. When it first came out last year, I was whooping and thinking this was going to be great and then it wasn't so much. Anyway, it's good, but three main characters and their main squeezes ends up being a bit too many, I think. And it's a novel by three people, not an anthology of short stories. I like Crusie's work with Bob Meyer because it is one man and one woman as main characters and you can really get invested in the romance aspect while all the people are going around shooting and hitting each other with frying pans and being eaten by alligators and such.

So anyway, I need to drink my coffee and get moving a little before 10 when I have to go to karate. That'll get my blood moving, yes, but I'm not even going to make it out of the house feeling like I do.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Spent some money today

Went to Mervyn's which is going out of business and bought some things at 50% off. A couple of school shirts for the boys (not much selection left - everything was 20 Husky or 4 slim and my boys are certainly in between those), a t-shirt for DD for next year (Disney Princesses! rock on!), 2 fitted sheets for the boys (Xmas presents - the most boring, awful sort, but Xmas nonetheless), and 3 light sweaters and pair of black pants for me. I am trying to upgrade my wardrobe a bit. they had some super cute little girl dresses, but I think I'll hold off for even better than 50% off.

But what's with the 3/4 length sleeves on sweaters? Or worse, on coats? I know it doesn't get cold cold cold around here, but when it's cold enough for a sweater or a coat, I need to cover my whole arm.

Anyway, Even at 1/2 off, I spent about $100 total. I didn't think until I left that I should look for some stuff for DH for Xmas, so I'll be going back next week.

I also need to figure out which kids' digital cameras I want for the boys. they were about the same price at Mervyn's as I can get them online. Anyone know anything about which one's best? Consumer Reports doesn't review them. I guess I'll fake it from the info on amazon...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ah, that's a surprise

We went to a home birth meet-up in Sacramento today. There was another baby born (among the 6 or 7 other babies of various ages who were there) just a few days before DD who was crawling all over and pulling up and generally going nuts all over the place.

Then DD grabs onto a toy drum and pulls halfway up.... then grabs the edge of the coffee table and BAM she's standing. She has pulled halfway up, I guess you'd say, by being on her knees or else on her knees bending over at the waist, leaning on something low, but today was all about practicing going all the way up.

We need a coffee table just so she has something the right height to practice on.

And she showed off her fabulous army crawl/swimming style in person, which is funny to watch after all.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008