Wednesday, December 28, 2005
I hit some good sales at the mall today. I got a giftcard for Christmas and was able to get a whole new outfit to wear out on New Year's Eve. I forgot how aggressive salespeople can be. Right up until the moment my money left my hands they were trying to push stuff on me. There was even a fugly plastic, studded purse that came with a $15 dollar rebate. Yep, the purse was so ugly that they were going to pay me to take it off their hands!! I didn't bite.
I am really looking forward to New Year's Eve. We have a babysitter and invitations to two parties. The kids were invited to one of the parties, but since we have child care, we can go to both. A real grown-up evening!!!!!
I knit a swatch of the yarn Richard bought me. It is not working up to the right gauge for the pattern I want it for, so I am going to have to either alter the pattern or find a new one. Anyone know where I can find a pattern for a cute bolero style sweater???
Monday, December 26, 2005
Perhaps next year I will have to pull up my socks and make Christmas dinner--I can make gravy that does not look like paste to pour over mashed potatoes that are not crunchy.
We are heading out to see my aunt in Ninette today so we don't have to go back to eat leftovers.
Char was up all night screaming--despite two doses of Advil and some homeopathic teething remedy. There are four teeth wanting to come through all at once. Poor little peanut. Poor the rest of us.
Did I mention I still have PMS? Can I have a menstrual hut to hide in for a while?
I love husband. I love my children. All the rest of the family can visit by appointment only.
Hubby gave me a big box of yarn for Christmas. Its virgin wool. Its Italian. I. Must. Knit. Now.
(ok, I will take care of Charlotte and fix breakfast for Emm, then can I knit?)
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Wishing all peace, love, and a Merry Christmas!!!!
Friday, December 23, 2005
Santa, I want a wife for Christmas, and a spa vacation with just hubby. Is that too much to ask??
Ahhh, Char is napping, Emmett is signing Christmas cards--I can watch Weeds and drink coffee. I guess that will have to do.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Richard is being super-nice and going grocery shopping after work. He knows what a nightmare the stores will be right now and doesn't want me fighting the crowds with two little kiddies. Time to re-stock our supply of formula, diapers and baby Advil (poor Charlotte!!).
We took possession of our exterminators last night. They came out of the basement after Emmett went to bed. Lucy has been keeping a respectful distance. They were up all night trying to get into bed with the humans, and even woke up Emmett. Polaris is beautiful and friendly and I want so much to snuggle with him, but I am afraid of how that will make me feel. Blitzen is a little more skittish, but I think he will come around. I didn't realize how much I miss having kitties around until these ones came over. I think Polaris knows why he is here. He was pacing around the walls where I have heard the mice, and his eyes were sooooo big and wide.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
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Playgroup was soooo quiet today. I read "The Polar Express" in honour of Christmas. I didn't realize what a sad story it was.
I am trying to teach Emmett to sign "Please" to ask for things. I want to get back to signing, but we keep stalling with it. I have to step up my efforts to teach him to communicate, but we have gotten so good at anticipating his needs that we tend to take the easy way out--not helpful in the long run. Being at the speech pathologist yesterday helped remind me of the work I need to do at home everyday to encourage Emmett's communication skills.
Char is teething--we had a late night and very early morning. I am feeling very lazy today.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Later this evening Emm was playing and babbling to himself at the dining-room table while I was in the kitchen and I distinctly heard him say "Mom"! My heart soared. I feel a little more hopeful now.
Yesterday at playgroup Mrs. Claus visited. She did face-painting and led a sing-along. There are pictures here at my friend Cheryl's blog. Emmett had a blast colouring pictures, and ringing his bell along with the songs. He also didn't eat luch at home since he filled up on Rice Krispy treats, sugar cookies and caramel corn while there. I fed him vegetables at supper time!!!
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Saturday, December 17, 2005
I am not liking my new glasses. The look good, but the lenses are narrower, so when I look down, I can't see anything. They are also a lot heavier than my old glasses, so I am finding they need more adjusting to be comfortable. I have had them adjusted twice in less than a week, and I will be going back for another adjustment today. First they were digging into my ears, and now my nose is hurting. I hope this is all just growing pains, and that I will get used to them. I had my old ones for four years, so I think I just need a little more time. Friends keep telling me I will get used to the line in my peripheral vision where the lenses end. At least I am not seasick anymore!!
I get to cat-sit for a friend over Christmas. I am going to bring them home and hope they can do a little exterminating in exchange for shelter and regular feedings and pats. I also hope Lucy doesn't mind the extra guests in our home. She knows about cats, and they know about dogs, so I am feeling optimistic. The cats will not be allowed in the bedrooms, so they will not take over Lucy's bed.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I picked up my new glasses yesterday. I think I like them. I need to get used to them. I spent all yesterday afternoon with poor depth perception and motion sickness. I couldn't even knit yesterday. Today is a little better, but I need to go back to the store for more adjustments to my frame. I got glass lenses this time. I am enjoying the super-crisp vision, but I have to get used to the extra weight. The clerks assure me that I will love glass once I get used to them--they are much more durable and scratch-resistant. (not to mention $200 less than the same prescription in plastic)
Mom and Dad are moving out of their big house in a village to a smaller house in a bigger town. Mom was not so happy about having to move over Christmas, until she had to drive to work yesterday in a snowstorm. She had to be on the road so early that she even beat the snowplows out. I have to get my stuff out of her basement. That means I am really grown up now!! (nope, being married with two kids and a dog and a mortgage does not make you a grownup. Having all of your stuff out of your parent's house makes you a grownup!!!)
Ok, Ok I will wrap and mail my out-of-town Christmas gifts. I don't wanna! I don't wanna! (I still haven't got my tree up) I pulled out my favourite Christmas CD (Christmas Songs, put out by Nettwerk) and danced and sang with Charlotte. I was in a Christmassy mood for a minute or two, but I don't think it stuck.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
2. I am slowly beating back the Clutter Monster. This is my newest weapon.
3. I haven't heard "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" on the radio yet.
4. I finished the back of my sweater!!! I will be casting on the front tonight, while hubby and I watch Rome together (or maybe Commander in Chief). Small digression: I didn't know Romans knew about bikini waxing. Another small digression: don't watch Rome with kids around!
5. One more thing...Go Fug Yourself!
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Friday, December 9, 2005
We have mice setting up housekeeping in between our floors. I hear them scritching around during the day and it really creeps me out. I miss my cat! I am trying to decide if my staying drugged up with allergy meds is worth it to have an exterminator in my house on a full time basis. Its getting more and more tempting every day. I have never met one of the little critters face to face yet, so I feel like if they stay in their area, and I stay in mine and our paths never cross, we can live together peacefully, for now.
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Wednesday, December 7, 2005
What do I do??? First, I laughed. Then, I called SIL, who was still in town, to come over and babysit while I cleaned up. Then, I took some of my asthma medication and went to work.
Emmett did a very thorough job--I had to wash every toy, the floor, and every shelf and toybox. His room will be smelling like baby powder for weeks, I think. Thank goodness it is not talc-based powder!!!
One of my friends did a very sweet thing today. Her little boy felt bad that Emm can't have chocolate, so they bought a non-chocolate Advent calendar for us while they were buying their chocolaty one. Thank you!!!
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
SIL Rachel is in town. We had a great visit over pizza last night. I made garlic pizza crust and the house smelled soooo good! The pizza didn't taste too bad, either! We are going out this evening to pick out a new pair of glasses for me. I need a sighted person to come along as I have a hard time seeing what frames look like without my lenses in them.
The new knitty is up! I must make the chaos sweater for one of the kids. A sweater pattern that involves rolling dice!! The teeny gamer chick in me is giddy with delight!
And now for a small rant: I was in a shop this morning buying a couple of Christmas prezzies and the clerk was compaining to me about how much she hates winter. Unless you have bought your condo in the Cayman islands and are planning to move, perhaps you should reconcile yourself to the fact that living in Manitoba involves enduring some sort of winter weather for about half the year. Suck it up!!!!
Sunday, December 4, 2005
I got a free sample of "Disco" yarn in the mail a couple of days ago. Since it was brown and furry, I thought it would make a good teddy bear . It is double-knit (no seaming!) and had a contrasting face so you could tell it was something besides a big, furry ball. I knit all day and got to his neck, dropped a stitch and messed up his head. Oh, well, I'll try again later!! Darn furry novelty yarn!! Maybe its the cold medicine I am high on that is making me not feel bad about all of my work having to be frogged so close to the end.
Saturday, December 3, 2005
Check out "Done like dinner!" for pictures of some finished knitting projects.
Isn't my little girl cute??? Sorry for the shamless posting of the baby pic, I couldn't resist.
I started Christmas shopping today, but feel so ambivalent about the holidays that I don't even want to put up our Christmas tree this year. Will the Christmas tree police beat down our door if we skip it this year? I will probably decorate our fireplace mantle and call it a day (that is the surface most likely to stay decorated once I get it done!!)
Thursday, December 1, 2005
The family gets there and the 2-year old is secured in the truck-shaped cart and baby is tied into the seat but still tippy. Mommy barely finishes in the produce aisle before baby starts screaming. And screaming. Mommy bravely attempts to navigate unwieldy cart with one hand while holding angry 20lb baby with the other and still manages to throw a few items in the cart.
An angel arrives in the body of a store employee and offers to hold the screaming baby. The employee is a grandma and knows how to talk to grumpy babies. Grumpy baby smiles. The employee follows the Mommy around the store bouncing the now less grumpy baby while Mommy fills her cart to the top. (I told you the cupboards were bare!!!) Mommy pays for her purchases (and tries not to show outward shock at the total) and arranges for delivery of groceries to her home. Mommy bundles kids in the car, heads to the drive-through for lunch and goes home slightly calmer and happy.
Mommy has a new favourite grocery store.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
We went to the hospital to visit my other good buddy, Andrea, and see her brand-new baby Amber Lynn. She was born the day before yesterday. I forgot how small they start out!!! I love the squinty newborn stare. I also love how brand-new parents think their baby cries loudly. Just wait, Andrea, she's just praciticing for the real thing!!!
After visiting with the new family we traipsed off to the mall to do some shopping. We ransacked La Senza together and ended up buying matching undies (how girly of us!!!) We also pawed everything in Le Chateau-I looked wistfully at stuff that could not possibly be accessorized with spit-up or sticky peanut butter fingerprints. Sigh, I have to have mom clothes. I should have gone to Rietmans.
Robin came back to my place for a tarot card reading (shh, that is none of your business). We talk almost every day through email, but it is soooo wonderful to be able to have a conversation face-to-face. Oh, and to shop with someone who is not afraid to tell you how you really look in things. I swear, some sales people are leagally blind, or so desperate for a commission they will tell you anything. Not cool.
While we where out shopping, Richard was teaching Emmett how to make poo poo on the potty. Emmett will now use the potty for his grandma, and his father, but not his mother. Why???? Somebody please tell me!!!
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You are Kaylee, the ship's mechanic. You are cute
as a button, chipper, cheerfull and optimistic,
though you panic in a fight. Engines make you
hot and you prefer having sex next to a big,
Which Firefly character are you?
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Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Char's nose is healing nicely. You could almost mistake her black eye for a shadow. She is such a resilient kid. She has to be, with Emmett for a big brother.
What a nice, quiet Sunday afternoon. Both kids are sleeping, Rich is puddling with a computer, bread is whirring in the bread machine and there is a lovely smell coming out of the oven from an apple crisp baking. Time to turn off the computer and pick up my knitting needles.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Mom and Dad are in town, so we will get to go out for dinner and show off Char's new injury. Poor Mom, she just came home from working the graveyard shift, hopped in the car and hasn't gone to bed yet. (Good thing Dad drove)
Knitting group last night was surreal--three of us showed up with three different projects all using the same type of yarn!!! We looked like an infomercial. We had a good giggle about the yarn, then went on to giggle about more important things: S-E-X (tee hee, snicker, snicker)
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
We went to playgroup this morning so we got out of the house. We'll see how this afternoon goes. Yesterday I got to witness a full-on nuclear meltdown because I couldn't get a DVD to work on the TV. My boy is hard-core addicted. Is there a 12-step program for this? How many times can one Baby Einstein DVD be shown?? We got our first shipment of DVDs from our online club--tonight we will be watching M*A*S*H after the kiddies go down.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I have been a hat-making machine lately. I addition to this one (Firefly fans should recognize it), a matching one has been made for the hubby and there is a third hat on needles for the MIL of a different design. Winter is here and I am taking personal responsability for the prevention of frost-bitten ears in my family.
Today is going to be a hard day. Baby Charlotte got her 6-month vaccinations today and we cut the cable. Emmett will be going into withdrawl from his beloved Treehouse channel and Momma wil be suffering Food Network DTs. We wanted to minimize exposure to commercials before the kiddies get old enough to develop the "gimmes". We are not cutting out TV. In fact, we now subscribe to an online DVD rental club so we can still watch TV shows, just no commercials. The rabbit-ears we had laying around the house don't work, so off to the store I go so we can get CBC--the children's programming in the morning allows me to get my chores done!!! In a few days we will be getting our first shipment of DVDs from http://www.zip.ca This is our first foray into the land of online DVD rental, so I hope it is going to work out well for us. I am a big girl, I can live without BBC Canada and the Food network, can't I?? I can do it. I can do it. I can do it?