Thursday, September 25, 2008

they are preschoolers, hear them roar

at thing one's preschool today, they talked about what they want to do when they grow up. of the five girls in the class, two want to be "struction" workers, one wants to be a firefighter, one wants to be a doctor, and one wants to be a "computer person like daddy" (that would be thing one). 

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

different shit, same day

  • first moments of the day, eyes not even fully open, sans glasses – wiping up pee in, on, around and in front of the potty and its environs. (note to mothers of boys:  you are not in this alone! girls have bad aim, too.)
  • post-breakfast – picking up smallish turd off the bathroom rug, now being washed (rug, not turd).
  • lunch – returning from preschool and rushing to the potty, thing one rushes back to inform me it's stopped up. plunging ensues, followed by rinsing plunger in bleach water and trying to autoclave hands.
it's hard being as glamorous as me.

postscript, 7:35 pm – and we just rounded out the day with someone whizzing on one of the good chairs. not one of cheap plastic chairs from ikea. no, the nice upholstered chair from room and board. is it any wonder i had rice krispies and red wine for dinner? no, it is not.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

it's always a dad

heard in the aisles at target, addressed to a squalling, squabbling small boy and smaller girl:
"can you two get me that big bottle of olive oil?"
i have a feeling that shopping trip ended badly.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

rich inner lives

my children have made up a game that involves:
  • 2 laundry baskets
  • the pillows from the handsome man's and my bed
  • their blankies
  • cords from their lacing cards
  • numerous lite brite pegs
  • my good spatulas
  • many tiny pieces of paper
  • and all of the hairbrushes in the house
i do not understand this game. i do not care. if they're happy (read: busy without fighting), i'm happy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

hey, it's a living language

another new word coined by my offspring:

ge•ro•cious [guh-ROH-shuhs] 
  1. something both gross and ferocious
  2. ferociously outsized in its grossness
as in, "wow, that's a gerociously big poo!" and it was.

related forms:
ge•ro•cious•ly, adverb
ge•ro•cious•ness, noun

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

funny how your perspective changes

i bet that christina crawford was a right little a**hole and poor joan got a bad wrap.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

i don't know which is scarier

that while flipping through radio stations, i stopped on one playing pat benatar's "hit me with your best shot," or that when the song ended, i discovered i was listing to lite fm.

it's official:  i am old.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

for those who have not reproduced

following is a list of activities, events and items that supposedly generate lovely, sugar-coated parent-and-child moments of bonding and snuggy-wuggums.


in reality, they annoy, enrage, exhaust, induce migraines, and lead to astonishingly frequent consumption of alcohol and chocolate. avoid them at all costs.

herewith, the top 10 reasons for renewing your birth control prescription today:

10. parades
9. christmas cookie decorating
8. pinatas
7. halloween
6. candyland
5. any disney movie
4. paints
3. nail polish (even the so-called fast-drying kind)
2. the sound of music
and number 1 with a bullet (i wish)... balloons

oh, how i hates the balloons.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

mount olympus, extreme northwestern division

after not cooking anything really, well, good for the last three years in deference to food-allergy baby, today i made a batch of chocolate chip cookies (after purchasing some outrageously expensive vegan pretenders at whole foods yesterday for aforementioned baby).

and OH MY GOD. 
butter and sugar and eggs and more sugar and more butter!

i was never one of those eat-the-raw-cookie-dough types, and what the hell was my problem? raw cookie dough is the food of the gods.


and a post script:

who eats HALF a fresh, warm chocolate chip cookie and throws away the rest? my kid, that's who. at least, my ob claimed she was my kid. i think a dna test is in order...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

an open letter

to the dour, 60ish woman at last weekend's wiener dog races dressed all in baggy, drab brown clothes who leaned over during her pet trick segment to reveal her NEON PINK, PURPLE AND WHITE THONG underwear:


my eyes, lord, my eyes. i could have happily gone my whole life without seeing that, lady.

(and yes, i said wiener dog races. hurdles. sprints. and my favorite event, the sofa jump.)

um...howdy, neighbor

here's a disturbing item to see lying next to your neighbor's garbage can:  the empty packaging for a "soft-grip machete."

Friday, September 5, 2008

and now, time for a refreshing (meno)pause

ok, so i seem to have gone straight from breast feeding to hot flashes. (ah, the joys of being a "mature" mother, aka decrepit crone.) i got some books from the library, the first one of which, called ripe, basically sucks. here is the sole bit of useful advice i gleaned from it:

"if in doubt, smile, stand up straight, suck in your gut, and try to look like you've just had great sex."

there. now you don't have to read the book.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

a venerable family tradition lives on

thing one has discovered a new-for-her delicacy, something beloved by her mama, gramma and great-gramma before her:  peanut butter and mustard sandwiches.

(before you say that, try one. seriously.)

and since you're reading blogs, try sarah palin's.