Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This video was taken a few weeks ago, but I thought I'd post it now because it makes me happy. Wouldn't it be great to be this excited about something as simple as swinging? I'm glad that Daphne gets to be carefree, at least for a little while, before she finds out about the bad stuff in the world. Look at her face at the end...absolute joy.
(In case you can't hear Daphne because of the dang Chipmunk Song...Sorry! I don't know how to make it stop besides deleting the post, and I don't want to do that...she says "Weeeee...hooray, hooray, hooray").
UPDATE: Chipmunk song disabled!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Big weekend. Here's the basic run-down:
- Finished placemats
- Mailed Secret Santa gifts to HPNY
- Bought Christmas tree
- Saw owl
- Ate sweet potato fries
- Went to breakfast with friends
- Had tea and chocolate from Portugal
- Decorated house for Christmas
Please check out Number Four. Yes, that's right.
I SAW THE OWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh my goodness, I am beside myself with joy.
I didn't tell you that Kev saw the owl a few nights ago when he went running. Oh, I was so mad. But he assured me I would see him, and Saturday night, as we were bringing in the Christmas tree, I happened to look up in our oak tree and there he was. It was too dark to get a good picture, but there he is in the photo below, eyes a-glow. A real owl. In MY tree. We have named him Octavio. There is a chance he should be called Octavia...there is really no way to tell for sure.
You may ask, Tara, now what do you have to look forward to? Your quest has ended. Certainly you feel let down.
Not at all, my friends. Now I just want to see more and more owls. Keep 'em comin'.
Happy happy happy.
Back to Christmas...as you can see from the picture at the top, we put up our tree. We got a real one this year since we won't be travelling. It's taking a while to get the thing finished. We put it up Saturday, put the lights on it last night, and we'll do the ornaments tonight. We have to do things in stages with the Peanut around. She knows the #1 Christmas Tree Rule: No Touchin'. But time will tell if she can resist the temptation. In that picture, we asked her to show us the angel...she is pointing, although it unfortunately looks like she's shooting the bird!
I have been awake since 4:47 am. That is why I have time for all this blogging. We have to go to the Peanut's 18 month doctor visit today and that means shots. I'm taking her for ice cream when it's over. We're both gonna need a treat.
I hope you all had a nice weekend and enjoyed that we finally have some cold weather. I'm officialy declaring Winter and putting the flip-flops away.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Santa has been hard at work at our house trying to get everything ready for Christmas. And in spite of battling much sickness, things are moving along pretty well. I found...um I mean SANTA found that cool bird paper on the one dollar aisle at Target! What a bargain.
A couple of things:
If you are going to be doing any gift-wrapping at your house this year, go get one of these. It is only about five bucks, and I swear you will thank me. It has made things so much faster and easier.
Also, please please please try to save and re-use gift bags and boxes and such this year. Think about how much trash we throw away each Christmas.
Also, LarryFeathers has a MAC and has started a new blog here. It is very fancy and interactive. Please read his blog entry "A Good Cause" about helping people if you have time.
If you are going to be doing any air travel, I encourage you to consider the people sitting behind you, and don't lean your seat all the way back. It is really rude, and very uncomfortable for the person behind you. Airplanes are bad enough without all that. And take plenty of hand sanitizer. Planes are full of disgusting horrible germs. And if a curious 18-month-old tries to touch the sparkly chip-clip in your fancy hair-do, just smile, because babies are good. No need to get all huffy. It's Christmas for crying out loud.
And if you are having trouble getting the Christmas spirit, try listening to this:
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Thanks to our hosts...we had a great time!
Now, it's time to shift into Christmas hypergroove. Deep breath...
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Our house has been going back and forth between Santa's Workshop and House of Sick.
Last night, the thing Kev and I have been dreading since Day One happened: Daphne threw up. Everywhere. She started crying at about 11:00, so I got out of bed to check on her, and when I opened her door, I smelled the worst smell I have ever smelled in the history of smelling. I won't tell you what happened when I reached down to try to calm her down, but it was truly like a scene from a horror movie. To make a long gross story short, we were all up very very late and now Daphne is doing much better. It was just awful though. I felt so helpless.
The only teeny tiny good thing that happened was that somewhere around 3:00am, we heard the owl again.
When I haven't been sick or taking care of sick family members, I have been furiously preparing for Christmas. I want to get as much as possible done before we go to NY for Thanksgiving next week, because when we get back, Christmas is going to be very very close to happening. And I'm not even close to ready.
So, blogging may be rare over the next few weeks, but I will check in when I can. Hope you are all well. I am working on trying to come up with a contest for the New Year, so I'll let you know when I get it worked out.
Off to do more laundry now.
Monday, November 12, 2007
PRESS THE PLAY ARROW.
So, we were sitting on the couch last night, getting Daphne ready for her bedtime story, when I heard the sound. "SSSSSHHHHH," I said to Kev and the Peanut. "Could it be?" I though to myself?
The sound was pretty far off in the distance. Very faint. Oh, how I wanted it to be an owl! But I was pretty sure it was some other bird or nighttime critter.
I went out to the porch to investigate, heard the sound once more even farther away. And then it was gone.
So, the only way to find out was to get out my trusty Bird Songs book and listen to every owl in it. And after being disappointed by several owl options, I finally turned to the Eastern Screech Owl's page and typed in his number, 132. Within seconds, I had my answer.
I have finally heard an owl. A real in-the-wild owl. Not a captive owl. Not a dream owl. Not an osprey or a sister-in-law pretending to be an owl. A real bonafide owl. The happiness I felt cannot be described, but perhaps those of you who know me understand what this means.
Now, I just need to SEE one.
No Happy Monday picture can beat that today.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Today we finally got to play outside after about a week of being stuck inside with various ailments. Oh, I had visions of such fun! "I shall rake the leaves into piles," I thought, "while Daphne frolics joyfully without a care in the world."
Here is what really happened: I got about six mosquito bites while trying to get the rake out of the garage. Then, Daphne didn't want to frolic. She wanted to rake. Then Good Neighbor Ron came over with his dog and Daphne got scared and almost ran into the street. Then she found a rusty nail, which she almost ate before I could get it away from her. Then she wanted to climb up and down the neighbor's concrete steps. That being said, it was still pretty fun, and better than sitting in the house watching yet another episode of Go Diego Go (which should be re-named For the Love of Pete, Diego, Will You Please Stop Screaming).
The video above shows Daphne attempting to master the art of raking leaves into a pile. It's a shame that in the future, we'll probably have to pay or threaten her to get her to help with the yard work. Kev once said that the main reason to have a kid was to make them take care of the lawn. I'm pretty sure he might have been kidding.
I guess Kev is excited about Christmas too, because he already gave me one of my gifts. He went on Picaboo and made me this cool book with photos of all the arts and crafts projects I've been doing...all the baby dresses I've made the Peanut, all the Mockingbird and Vine stuff, and various other things. I LOVE it. First of all, it's orange. Second of all, it has lots of pictures of Daphne wearing the stuff I've made for her. It makes me happy every time I flip through it. So, thanks, Kev. You always give the best gifts. I'm gonna go look at it again now, and pay attention as if it was a big bowl of cheese grits, because the Peanut is sleeping and I can.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
In honor of how much I dislike Domino Magazine, here are Ten Songs that make me happy (in no particular order):
- Eminence Front - The Who
- American Girl - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- Otra Parte -
The Palo Pinto House Pants House Band
- Anything by Mississippi John Hurt
- Chicken Payback - A Band of Bees
- Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
- Let's Go Crazy - Prince
- Cruel Summer - Bananarama
- Jump Up - Dan Zanes and Friends
- The Charlie Brown Theme - Vince Guaraldi
You'll never find this list in Domino, and that makes me happy too.
We spent the weekend beeing sick. The whole family. Kev and Daphne are much better, and I'm getting there. Today I am congested, and have almost completely lost my voice. I don't have time to be sick. Too many projects to do to get ready for the holidays. One of those projects, which I actually managed to finish this weekend, was making a set of six Christmas ornaments for a swap on Flickr. I never should have signed up for a swap at this time of year. I know better. But I did, and I managed to get my ornaments made and sent (to Australia!) and I should be receiving ornaments from around the world in exchange in a few weeks. Above is the one I made for us to keep. On the back, which you can't see, is green corduroy. The leftover fabric will become more pants for the Peanut.
I am getting excited about Christmas this year. My first holiday activity was buying a carton of eggnog. I love eggnog. Then, I got sick and didn't feel like drinking it. But that's OK, there's more at the store.
Now, I have to go get a shower while Daphne is asleep, but I'll try to blog more later to make up for my sick days.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Note to the political candidates for 2008: I will vote for whoever promises to put Infant Tylenol Cold Medicine back on the shelves and do away with all this daylight savings time-changing bunk.
Oh dear, it's Friday, huh? There may or may not be a flashback today. If Daphne ever takes a nap, I'm gonna need to sneak in a shower.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
When I was a kid, the first thing I'd do after trick-or-treating was dump out all my candy on the living room floor and divide it up into good stuff and bad stuff. Here is Daphne's haul. Not much there, but then she only went to about 5 houses. Best thing she got besides the Kit Kat was a packet of microwave popcorn from our nice neighbors across the street.
And now, I think that officially ends any and all Halloween talk.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tonight, I went trick or treating for the first time in many many years. We took the Peanut over to Swiss Ave, where all the bazillionaires go all out with lights and decorations and dry ice and you name it. We went early, but by the time we left, it was packed. I have heard that the people there spend a thousand dollars just on candy. It is really cool for the older kids. Daphne will love it when she gets bigger. This year, we just took her up to a few houses and let her practice for next year. Above, Kev is taking her up to the first house. Her first treat was a Kit Kat. Here she is below, making the discovery:
In that last frame there, she is desperately saying "open open open." We let her have some. What the heck.
Anyway, it was fun, but I am glad Halloween is finally over. It seems like it's been going on and on for weeks. The only thing I'm sorta sad about is that I won't get to hear Moose A. Moose on Noggin' sing "I Don't Like Candy Corn" any more. Oh well. I'm sure he'll have a turkey song or something starting tomorrow.
Fun-size chocolate candy bars with no coconut, m-n-m's.
Lame Halloween Candy:
Candy corn, Circus Peanuts, anything "healthy," Tootsie rolls.
Coolest costume I remember wearing: Ace Frehley from KISS - 4th or 5th grade.
Lamest costume I remember wearing: I drew a picture of Steven Tyler's face on a paper plate and wore it on my head. I was about 20.
Do people still bob for apples? That is so gross.
I like the Great Pumpkin a lot, but they say "stupid" way too much. And the whole thing with the rocks is depressing. I wonder what Charlie Brown is like as an adult after all that.
Someone needs to write a really good Halloween song. Monster Mash is pretty tired.
Last night, I decided to start a Night-before-Halloween tradition for our little family, so while Kev took the Peanut to the park, I hollowed out one of our pumpkins, and when they got home, Kev carved it while we watched (while I held a very squirmy baby). Due to mosquitos, we had to do this inside the house on the subbysub tablecloth, but that was OK. After the pumpkin lighting ceremony, which we held on the porch in spite of the "bad bugs," we ate dinner in the TV room and watched the Great Pumpkin. Daphne loved Snoopy, and got upset when he cried during Schroeder's paino medley. I think the whole thing will be more fun and less exhausting next year, but I wanted the Peanut to sort of "get it" since we are taking her out tonight to a few houses in the neighborhood. She can say "trick or treat" but I have a feeling she won't say it at people's doors. She tends to clam up in situations like that. She does most of her talking while I'm trying to cook dinner: "Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, up we go, up we go, play with you, play with you, mommy, mommy, dink-a-water pwease...uh-oh, POOPIN'!" I hope she doesn't announce that to any of our neighbors tonight! Anyway, I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween, whatever you do. And enjoy the last day of the very best month of the year.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
There are few happier places than Jamaica anyway, but it's an extra happy place when you are floating down one of its rivers with a hibiscus in your hair in the rain forest with your cousins without a care in the world. Halfway through the trip, they gave us a Red Stripe, and at the end there was jerk chicken in a shack. I swear I'd live in that shack if I knew I'd be that relaxed all the time. I've been having to go to my happy places a lot lately. Not because I'm sad, but because I'm tense. There is very little relaxing around my house these days, and I've noticed I'm starting to clench my teeth in my sleep. This is not good. Today, I am going to try to combat stress by taking the Peanut for a leisurely stroll through the Arboretum. I fear that this may backfire. Daphne isn't a very leisurely kid on field trips. She always wants to "git DOON" and "walka walka walka." By the way, I can't figure out where she's getting this accent. I think she thinks she's Scottish. Maybe I watched So I Married and Axe Murderer a few too many times. Heed! Pants! Now!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Music class was extra fun today. Kev got to go with us, and there were cookies. Daphne was a little freaked out, because there were different kids there, and lots of daddies. But she had a great time, and is now taking what is hopefully a nice LONG nap.
Friday, October 26, 2007
This week's theme is toys. Here I am on Christmas 1972, playing with my new Lincoln Logs with my dad. There is not a picture of me with my Easybake Oven because I DID NOT HAVE ONE. Still, Lincoln Logs are pretty cool too. And this particular Christmas, I also got a new brother. Check out that High-Tech TV.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Today I went to Target and look what I found! I had one of these when I was a little kid. I almost cried when I wound it up and heard the little song. So, I gave Santa a call, and he said it would be OK for me to go ahead and pick one up for the Peanut for Christmas. I want to give it to her now!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for your e-mail to Hanes. We always appreciate hearing from our customers. Sometimes it is at the store request that we make changes to packages but most of the time it is due to consumer feedback. Consumer's like the ease of this type of packaging (no need for scissors) and also other consumers like to feel the softness of the product before they make a purchase.
You're a valued customer! Should you have any questions or concerns, we welcome your call to us at 1-800-994-4348, our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am until 4:30pm (EST). Or, feel free to email us at www.hanes.com 24 hours a day.
Stephanie H. Chappell
Consumer Care Specialist
I am not completely satisfied with this answer. I still had to rip or cut open the top of the package to get to the re-sealable strip (think cheese). I don't think Target would have appreciated me doing that just to feel the socks. But it was nice of Hanes to reply so quickly. I will try to move on now.
I wish I had saved a copy of the email I sent to Hanes. It was reminiscent of Letters from a Nut. There were lots of compliments about Hanes and socks, and I used several exclamation marks. Letters from a Nut is a very entertaining book. You should check it out if you haven't seen it. It's a good book for reading on airplanes or while waiting on line at the DMV or something.
She is OK now. She has a big giant red bump in the middle of her forehead, and a scratch on her nose. Putting ice on it was completely out of the question. I tried everything.
But, she is fine. She had a blast at music, and a big snack afterward, and now she's playing in her crib. She'll be asleep soon. It seems it was way worse for me than for her. But after several phone calls and some helpful advice, I am starting to feel better.
I guess this is just the beginning.
I think I'd better go take a nap.
Monday, October 22, 2007
These are the rainboots I was telling you about. I guess upon closer inspection, the daisies are more red than orange. But still. If you are wearing rainboots that are this cool, I guarantee nobody is going to notice that you have the same hairdo as Weird Al. Then again, nobody should spend $125 for rainboots unless they live in Seattle.
This happy place is our front yard during the Valentine's Day blizzard of 2004. Kev made the bear, and I made the little snowperson on the left. Later that night, or maybe the next day, we went to Macaroni Grill for dinner, where Kev discovered that there was a picture of my snowman on the front page of the Dallas Morning News while he was in the restroom. I didn't know that newspapers were posted in men's restrooms until that day! Mmmmmm, Macaroni Grill. Chicken Marsala and panna cotta with raspberries. I think I need to get off the computer and go eat some lunch.
I am so happy because it is COLD outside! It is also rainy, so Daphne and I spent the morning on an outing at the mall. Every trip to the mall is pretty much the same. I even have a favorite parking spot (in the covered parking garage of course). This is the usual routine: Stroll through Nordstrom past the shoes (Oh my gosh, there are some orange daisy rainboots in there!) and into the mall. First stop, the Nordstrom cafe for a latte. Today Daphne looked up at the lady and said,"Coffee." She knows her mommy well. Then it's off to the kids' stores. I usually don't buy anything, but there was a $3 orange t-shirt on clearance at BabyStyle so I got that. Then we check out the window display at the way-too-expensive toy store. Today, a giant Ernie puppet and a HUGE sock monkey doll were featured. We don't usually go in BabyGap, but we did today, and I'm so glad because I found the hat pictured above. Oh, I love this hat. Daphne calls it "Daddy Hat." She's right. Kev is going to love it. I like it...it has a very Van Morrison sort of feel to it. And it's on the big side, so she'll be able to wear it for a while I think. IF she will leave it on. Then, we stop at the waterfalls for a few cookies. Next stop, giant statues of guys with hammers. There are five. The hammers move up and down. Then a quick visit with the ducks and turtles in the water feature by Neiman's. Daphne loves it, but it always makes me feel kind of sad. In winter, they used to put penguins in there, but I don't know if they still do that. After we say goodbye to the ducks and turtles, we stop at Anthropologie, where I look around and want one of pretty much everything in the store. Today we played with a Monkey-in-the-Box. I really want to get it for the Peanut for Christmas, but it's $30! Next stop, the family restroom. And then we head for home. Daphne falls asleep in the car. It's always a fun outing. But all things considered, I'd really rather be outside. I hope it stops raining by tomorrow.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Of all the instruments Daphne could want to learn to play, so far she has shown the most interest in the noisiest...drums and trumpets. When we were at the parade, I bought her a green plastic trumpet so she could be like Daddy. She was very proud when she figured out how to make it work.
This week's theme is Grandpa, so here I am with mine in April 1969. The other baby is my cousin Curt. I don't remember ever seeing any pictures of myself with my other grandpa. That makes me kind of sad. The grandpa in the picture was awesome. He worked really hard all of his life. For fun he liked golf and baseball, and he collected beer cans. I think he wanted to build some kind of a shed out of them or something. He also had a real glass eye! I don't remember my other grandpa very well, except for this one time when he wanted to tie a string between the bathroom door and my loose tooth to yank it out. I think he was probably just teasing.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Daphne decided to chase the ducks and geese that hang out on the playground at Community Park. She walked over and said, "Hi ducks!" and then ran after them. Soon after this video was shot, we realized that where there are ducks and geese, there is lots of duck and goose poop. Luckily, there were no shoe casualties. I am glad the ducks and geese ran away from Daphne. My friend Shannon was once chased and nipped at by a goose. I apologize for the shakey camera-work. I'm not very good at filming stuff. The sound of a quacking Mallard is in my top ten favorite sounds, and you get to hear it in the video. It cracks me up every time.
I was excited to see Canada Geese fly over in formation several times during the trip, because there was a flock of them that hung out on a pond in my Aunt Kathy's neighborhood. They honked and honked. It was just like Winged Migration. I pointed them out to Daphne when they flew over, but I don't think she appreciated it as much as I did.
That's me on my Aunt Mary's scooter, going around the circle at Aunt Kaffy's house. I was Hell on Wheels! OK, so I wasn't really Hell on Wheels. I wasn't even Heck on Wheels. I don't think I broke 20 mph. Daphne can probably walk faster than I was going. But it was still really fun. I even got to wear Kathy's cool motorcycle jacket and doo-rag. I didn't wear the helmet because it made me look like a stormtrooper, plus it was heavy and made my head want to fall over. But IF YOU ARE GOING TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE, YOU MUST ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET! HELMETS SAVE LIVES! Just get one that fits your head properly.
That's my mom below on the same scooter. She really had fun. Doesn't she have excellent posture?! Thanks, Kathy, for showing us how to ride. And thanks Mary, for letting us try out your wheels. It was really fun.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
There is a nice restaurant in New Albany called A Nice Restaurant. We went there twice for breakfast. It was nice.
Top Five Harvest Homecoming / New Albany Foods I Enjoyed During My Trip:
1. Homemade hot apple dumpling with vanilla ice cream from the Presbyterian Church booth which I have already discussed at length
2. Chicken and Dumplings (above) from the Redman's Club booth
3. Pizza from Pizza King (below)
4. Dutch Apple Pie ice cream from Zesto
5. Fried biscuits with apple butter from Huber's
Honorable mention: Zesto's chocolate malt, French toast from A Nice Restaurant, and the fish sandwich from the Hungry Pelican.
It is funny that a visitor from Dallas, which has many many great restaurants, finds a place like New Albany, Indiana to be such a Culinary Hotspot. But it's true. I wish there was a way to import those Top Five items. I could eat those chicken and dumplings every day.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Lately I have been having a bit of a hair crisis. Remember in Napoleon Dynamite when Pablo's head got hot so he shaved it all off? Sometimes that's what I feel like doing. My hair is overwhelming my head. So today on the internet, I tried on some different hairs. Here is what I would look like if I had Victoria Beckham's hair.
UPDATE: Of course, Kev is right...I mean Pedro, not Pablo. This is what happens when you watch too much Noggin and Nick Jr.
Kev would not like it if I got all my hair cut off. He likes my long hair. But someday, it's probably gonna happen. Just like Pablo.
Just for fun, here is what Kev would look like with Victoria Beckham's hair:
Oh my gosh...I am going to get in trouble for this.
This is me, last week in New Albany, enjoying the amazing Harvest Homecoming homemade hot apple dumpling with vanilla ice cream, courtesy of the nice people of the Presbyterian Church. Below is what it looked like before I ate it.
I am telling you, you have never tasted anything like it. I think I enjoyed it even more because I was outside in a sweater and I didn't have to share it with a certain Peanut I know. I concentrated on every single bite.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
More photos and stories soon....
Friday, October 12, 2007
One more thing I have to tell you...as I am typing this, I am trying to ignore Daphne who is behind me in the pack-n-play because I want her to take a nap and she keeps going Mommy...Mommy...Mommy...so finally I turned around and said What? and she said "I love you." And even though I know she is just stalling about the nap, it's still pretty dang cool.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
It is good to knit after all this time. I started with a scarf because it's easy. I have some more difficult projects on the horizon, but I have to work up to them.
I am taking this to Indiana with me for all my down-time.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
- Tyrone (you can't get any cooler than Samurai Piemaker Tyrone. Plus, he is a tuba-playing moose)
- Austin (the most under-rated of all...almost never gets a starring role)
- Uniqua (as tough as the "boys," but they were trying too hard with her name. She gets points for being pink)
- Pablo (prone to panic attacks)
- Tasha ( loves being a princess a little too much)
Monday, October 01, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
This week's FBF theme is supposed to be "You and Your Pet." I never had a pet when I was a kid. Well, there was Jimmy the Turtle, but he didn't last long. My parents kindly lied and told me they set him free in my Grandma's pond, but now I know the truth. I guess turtles can only survive so many accidental drops. Poor Jimmy. So, anyway, no pet pictures for me. But I did have a brand new pair of rollerskates, and for me, that was probably just as good.