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2013-03-17T14:36:40.120-05:00

80 million things on my mind.

Approximately 950 gazillion things on my to-do list.

Trying to figure out what I want to be and do when I grow up...whenever that might be.

Trying to get enough sleep at night....that's HARD!

Watching in amazement as time flies by and my kids get big. Someday maybe I'll even have pictures to prove it!

Blogging...not so much. Maybe someday. After I grow up. :)



In which the spambots get on my nerves, and I think about writing

2013-02-17T10:13:49.786-06:00

I can't believe my blog is so popular with spambots! Ha ha.

I had a big epiphany last night that I really, really, REALLY need to create stuff right now. Also, that I have trouble making decisions. I'm sure this is no shock to anyone who actually knows me. But it was big for me. So I have to decide what to create now! Oh no!

I've been working on a book, off and on, for several months now, or at least I can call it a book idea. And that is really fun...but part of my struggle with NOT having a career is the social isolation, and guess what? Writers=isolated. Hm.

So I've been mulling over whether to start a writer's group. I know someone who already is in one, but they focus rather heavily on performance, and that is NOT what I'm interested in. So now I'm thinking of what I want to get out of it, and what might work. Should it just be a group of people who all get together at a set time and write in silence, then have a chat? Should we come to the group with a prompt we can work on every time? Should it be bigger or smaller? How can I keep it from just becoming a chatfest, or do I really care if it's just a chatfest, because maybe then I'll go home and write alone?

I don't know. Just what I'm thinking on these days. What you give attention to is what you get more of, so now I'm giving my attention to this writing thing. Time will tell.

Cheers~



Pointed Musings

2013-01-18T08:57:10.894-06:00

I miss blogging. It's a different kind of writing, but my favorite thing about it, aside from the fact that it's so easily accomplished and keeps the words flowing, is that it provides a sense of community, less isolation than my offline life.

So the question is, if I want a place to write about ME and to post the (probably really bad but still fun) creative things I've written, should I post them here, or get a new spot for myself?

I probably can't help but still post updates of my kiddos. I'm just not sure if the two things mix well, or if they should be together. Thoughts appreciated from anyone who might still get updates from this blog! Cheers~



The blog that's not a blog....because lazy is good

2012-02-01T14:44:08.407-06:00

Wow...a month with no blogging...hm. Looks like I've had just enough time to write a few status updates on Facebook instead. For those of you who missed them, here's what January was like...Nathan just woke up from his nap, to James saying..."Bubba! Let's get into mischief!" =)My blood sugar's almost 400 (which is SUPERrare for me) and the dog just ran off and took a bath in cow patties. Great.Wow. I seriously underestimated the amount of recovery time we would need from being so sick of the holidays. Today is one of those days I count as a success b/c I have managed to keep the kids fed, mostly clothed (PJs count, right?), and away from plastic bags and sharp knives.upper body workout: check....shoveling manure/compost.lower body workout: check...walking to the store with family.time for crunches? ....um, no. ;)Good day, though!I love kale chips. I just made some, ostensibly for myself...and I think I got to eat like 5 of them. The kids were pulling on my legs and begging for a bite. Yes! Yay for veggies! =)Pinterest: proof that you can make a picture of ANYTHING with a hand and/or footprint.I was cooking dinner just now, and J and N were playing in the living room. N wandered in to the kitchen to play. A few minutes later he started yelling his head off: "BUBBA! SANTA! BUBBA! SANTA!" Turns out we (and by "we" I mean "the kids") had stashed our little Santa in the kitchen cupboard at an undisclosed time during the holiday season. A Very Exciting Find, at least for the one-year-old!...And now they're hopping around to country music and shouting, "YEE-HAW!" =)Meanwhile...J and I were discussing the need for bathing today.Me: Well, if you don't take a bath sometimes, it doesn't feel very good. Like if I didn't take a bath tonight, I would probably feel slimy tomorrow.J: You wouldn't *be* slimy, though, Mom. You'd just be....gross....THANKS, HONEY! =)Accomplishment for the day: Ben (inadvertently) taught Nathan to say "Cankles!" ...that "repeat everything" stage is killer. ;)"Mama, Mama, see! see! IGHT-ING! IGHT-ING!" (lightning, in case you can't speak Nathan)Sleep deprivation is the worst....followed closely by Extreme Allergy Attack.Ugh. Definitely a case of the Mondays in there too. =(James just now: "Mom, did you see how nimbly I climbed all the way from the table over to this counter? I didn't even touch the floor ONCE!"James just wrote me a note, as follows: MOMILOVYU IKNTWAT. He told me it says, "Mom, I love you. I can't wait!"....to go to his friend's house this afternoon. He is superpsyched! Note to self: plan more playdates! =)Thought for the day: The problem with making slow-cooker meals is that I always want to eat dinner at 3 p.m. That will be all. Good night, facebook!Good night for now, too, blogger![...]



2012

2012-01-01T13:27:54.807-06:00

Happy New Year!

My resolution is to not let myself get stressed out during the holidays in 2012. I did NOT do a good job with that this year. I don't really worry about resolutions...I figure you should just try to make whatever changes you want to make, whenever you can make it. But a new year is a good time to think about what you want to accomplish...and I want to accomplish a zen-like level of letting go, as opposed to trying so hard and stressing out so much.

Thus, if you haven't gotten anything from us this year for Christmas...that's because I can't do everything. AND...I probably won't get around to it next year either. Someday. Some day.

Anyway. I hope your holidays were unstressful and you have a great year!

I have the best family ever.

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Funnies

2011-12-11T21:28:41.377-06:00

I wish I had a more coherent way of keeping track of the wonderful things the boys say. I know there are better ways out there, but so far I am only organized enough to collect them all....well, okay, not ALL...as facebook status updates, and occasionally blog some.

For example, I posted on facebook the other day when James said, "Mom, I wish I was God, because...he doesn't have to go shopping!" a sentiment with which I can heartily concur (the second part, that is, not the first). Note that he said this just as we were heading out to do errands. Poor guy!

And then today, Ben finished the bed frame that he actually built. I am so proud! My carpenter husband. And about 5 seconds later, Nathan drew all over it with a green marker...and said very clearly, "ME! YAY!" Which was about the only thing that made it okay. He is just too cute for us to get very upset. Ever.

I hope I always remember how when he wants milk he says "Mago Mago!" and we joke that it's a country, like Bora Bora or something. I hope I can keep track of how right now he says "eye" for eyes but "ow" for brows...or how he thinks a blanket is a HAT! where you go to EEP! (insert snoring noises here).

I hope I can remember the funny jokes that James tells too. A lot of the time he tells jokes that go like this: "Why did the mustard get into the potatoes? BECAUSE IT FELL INTO THE POTATOES, HAHAHAHAHA!" But today he had an actual funny. I was naming off Christmas carols, and then made a comment to Ben about making sure Nathan didn't put fork marks into our table again. It went something like this: "Silent Night; O Holy Night; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Away in a Manger; You have to watch him with that fork!"

And James immediately said, "Oh, I don't really like that song, You Have to Watch Him With That Fork!"

I think he fits in well here after all, don't you? What a wit!

Gotta love 'em. And I do. My great hope is that they always DO know how much.



I Believe I Can Fly

2011-12-03T22:13:13.034-06:00

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...even on the kitchen table.

In fact, that's probably a great jumping-off point. What a goose!



Still puttering along

2011-12-02T21:04:48.394-06:00

Every day that I can, I try to get the boys outside and run around. Lately I've been raking leaves like crazy. I don't actually get that much done in the grand scheme of things, but I just assume it's good exercise, for me, and for the boys!

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Today, however, was an errands day. And I must say, I really dislike having to go shopping during the Christmas season. It was a zoo out there. And now I am exhausted. But, no surprise there. I did get a few more present ideas, and thought I'd share...
1. James really really wants some footie pajamas! He's got footie envy. That would be either size 5 or 6, not really sure on that but both would probably work, and I always err on the large side.
2. Nathan needs a magna doodle! I don't know any better way to get through a car ride, and our old one finally bit the dust.
3. Big present...James would love his own camera.

By the way...no one's told me what YOU want for Christmas yet!

Good night!



Best Thanksgiving Picture!

2011-12-01T21:42:07.491-06:00

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There are those who say that my sister and I are somewhat alike.

To you I say, of course! We both have husbands with awkward arm poses, older sons with cheesy fake grins perfected, and baby boys who have no idea that they should EVER look at the camera unless said camera is within 3 inches of their faces.

No? That's not it?

Oh. Okay. If you say so!



SO photogenic!

2011-11-30T23:01:44.929-06:00

It's the last day of NaBloPoMo, isn't it? I just realized! Wow. Time flies, just like always. No real surprise there, I guess.I still have Thanksgiving and fall-ish pictures to share with you, but today I wanted to show you the funny pictures I got recently in the course of a regular day. The boys apparently make a lot of silly faces. Note: I was *not* trying to get crazyface pictures! I would in fact like it if they would look as beautiful on camera as they do in real life. And they often do...but not today!On a side note, I will be so relieved to not be complaining about all the crap on a regular basis anymore! Life here is good but sometimes challenging. We have a lot of days where my energy level is very low, usually a combination of crazy blood sugars, lack of sleep, and life events...but I usually don't dwell on it because I have the two sweetest, most beautiful, fun, and precious children in the world, and there are so many perfect moments in my life that I can easily forget the crappy ones. So that's what I wanted to tell you on the last day of the month where I blogged a bunch of depressing stuff about not getting any sleep! I thought maybe I could do it eloquently, but again life has other ideas and I completely lost track of time.Therefore, without further ado, I give you Mr. Suspicious:(You really expect me to believe that kids my age actually LIKE to have their teeth brushed? HA! What do you think I am, a BABY?)And his brother, I Do Not Like Your Answer*.(Aw, MAN! But I really REALLY want to show the dog how to use the toilet!)Aliases include Carrots-Are-Disgusting-Boy:(Oh, GROSS, Mom! Not the carrots AGAIN!)SuperImpressed:(You've, like, already told me to pick up my Legos like 50 times today, lady. Geez. Chill! I'm totally on it. Tomorrow.)And Mighty Morphin' MegaLips:(Git Deez Hur Cameras Outta Mah Faish, Leddy!)And that is why my days are awesome.The End.(*In this house we call that a Poo Face. I can't even think of what else to call it. Help! My vocabulary's gone missing!)[...]



Is it Wordless Wednesday yet?

2011-11-29T21:42:53.339-06:00

Dads. They're just SO FUNNY!

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I love that this is what goes on at our dinner table many, many evenings.

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I also love it when I finally manage to upload pictures from the camera! Thanksgiving-y, and also some hilarious, photos to follow. Stay tuned!

P.S. Had a pretty good night's sleep last night. YAY! My blood sugar was pretty insane today, and I made a slow cooker meal this morning but, for the first time EVER, forgot to check and make sure it was heating up, and also forgot to plug it in.
BUT when you get a decent night's sleep, it's much easier to deal with setbacks...and when your husband picks up emergency dinner on the way home, it's all good! =) Good night, everyone!



I still haven't uploaded the latest photos, so you might just want to skip this one.

2011-11-28T23:13:18.264-06:00

SEriously.

If I have pictures, I can post about the happiness of the day. If not, all I have left is to tell you about things like the crazy intense headaches I've been getting. They only last for about a minute but they are awful. Luckily, if you want to look at it that way, Ben's been getting them too so we're assuming it might be allergies? Either way, not fun.

Today was good but really exhausting. I know I say that a lot! But we were in town ALL day today, and I was on my feet ALL day today, so--zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Wait, what was I saying?

Oh, yeah. In other news, J got some tiny ornaments and a tiny star to put on his very own miniature Christmas tree, and he is superduper excited! So there's another idea, teeny ornaments/teeny Christmas tree accoutrements would be a great little gift for him that he would get very excited about!

And I'm going to bed. This will be the fifth night since the dairy exposure, and we've yet to have a good night's sleep...wish me luck! See you tomorrow~



Definitely a case of the BLAHS

2011-11-27T21:25:16.079-06:00

Why is it that at the end of every day I just feel a big question mark come up when I think of what interesting things I might have to blog about? I *know* that I lead an interesting and varied life, and we discuss some deep ideas around here (for example, today James listened to Charlotte's Web, so we of course discussed the circle of life etc), and we have lots of adventures...but I just don't feel like writing about them at the end of the day. Maybe someday I'll get it together and post in the mornings instead!

But not for now. Today was an errands day, and the last few days have been full of housecleaning, organizing, travel, planning for Christmas, etc, and I really just feel wiped out. Ben and I have been having lots of political discussions, as it's hard to tell what really should be done but it's hard not to feel that SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. James and I are talking about a lot of history and science topics that I find fascinating. (Why are bones white? Why does the honey sink below the maple syrup in the measuring cup? Why does somebody get to be king? Is (insert famous person's name here) a good person? Why would they do that? etc etc etc.) We have a lot of do-it-yourself projects going on and we try to get the chance to enjoy a decent bit of art around here. Tonight we played Uno and this afternoon we made homemade granola that smelled sooooooo good!

I know there's a more coherent, or at least a more interesting and witty, way to present any or all of these topics. I just don't have it in me tonight. Or really any night. I just need to go to bed.

Good night!



It's that time again...time for a crazy Christmas wish list.

2011-11-26T23:06:17.995-06:00

Obviously I was a little bitter last night. Hopefully it was obvious that it's all the crazy people who act like complete nutjobs that seriously dishearten me. I always get a touch of the blues during the "holiday shopping season" because I worry about consumerism. But that stuff that was in the news, the bad ways people treat each other on Black Friday...awful. Yet I know there are also courteous people and normal people. I just get seriously depressed by people being so violent and insane and grabby and acquisitive during a time that is meant to be all about joy and love and peace.But to prove that I'm an American consumer, I now present you with our Christmas list! Ha ha ha. No, really, people ask me and I never can figure out what everyone wants. So I think about it and post a big long explanation of everything that might be good, and then that helps me know how to answer those questions and also figure out what *we* should get the boys! So here it is.1. books, books, books! We love Usborne books, any title really, although you can find some suggestions on my Amazon wish list. Also of note, Nathan loves horses and J would love to get audio CDs of any of the ones we've loved from the library so far: The Magician's Elephant, Odd and the Frost Giants, Nurk, The Cricket in Times Square, Charlotte's Web....Nathan could use a few more Sandra Boynton board books, and I'm sure there are a million other awesome books we've yet to discover with him. He's also a big music kid, so some cool music cds might be great for him. (True story: tonight he was singing MMMbop. No, this is not a common song in our house. I was singing it earlier, thanks to some other high school song I heard, and he just picked it up. Hilarious.)We can always use more farm resource books, and we could use a general homeschool resource book (also on the list already, I think).2. Legos: J is allowed to get Lego "Kingdom" legos only--or generic, non-branded legos. We can't deal with a million different Lego "sets" to collect, we just don't have room in our house, so we've allowed him one set. Nathan would also love to get some Legos for kids his age or slightly older--he always wants to be like brother!3. Experience gifts. J would ADORE a magazine subscription, for example, NatGeoKids, because not only would he have an awesome magazine to read once a month (or however often), he would GET HIS OWN MAIL every month!He also love love LOVED going to the movies for the first time ever this summer. And Ben and I never get to go to the movies...so maybe a movie pass or movie tickets or however that would work out?4. J needs his own cd/tape player, as he is always having to borrow ours for the above-mentioned audio CDs. They are truly great because he doesn't always have to wait for us to be available for the looooooooong books he wants to read! Also, Ben could use one of those little travel alarm clocks or something, that could fit by where he sleeps and also not take up too much space, and we could permanently relocate our other one.5. Nathan would love to get his own kiddie desk. I'm ambivalent about the space it would take up--I guess it would depend on the desk. He's also really hoping for a fancy kid chair or couch, but a bean bag chair or foldout couch would also rock his world. (Okay, he just wants kid-sized stuff, he doesn't really care about quality...but I sure don't want everything branded! Shocker.)Nay also would really get into a set of playsilks (link included here in case you don't know what that is).6. We'd love a family globe! I'm guessing that would be James' gift. He is pretty fascinated by the globe at the library...but I can't promise the rest of us won't use it as well! (Wait...multipurpose...Bes[...]



Black Friday

2011-11-25T22:09:47.190-06:00

It's depressing. I hate it. I can't stand the way people act absolutely insane over a few things, some random crap! I don't CARE if it's a $2 waffle maker or the awesomest TV or what the heck ever. Yeah. Great deal. NOT great enough to pepper spray someone. And no matter how cheap or awesome those pants are? They're still PANTS and therefore not worth punching someone over.

I just...can't get it. I do understand that the weekend after Thanksgiving is likely to be the first time a lot of people seriously consider their Christmas shopping...but until we all put a halt to the CRAZY consumerism and remember our humanity....I will be depressed on this day.

Not to mention, the baby got dairy, somehow, AND has a cold. Unless the dairy is just making him congested, which is totally possible. Probably I shouldn't think too hard about anything with all that going on.

But seriously, folks. It might be fun to go shopping...but have a little human decency. Put people first. And then consider whether you want there to be ANYTHING left for your grandkids.

That is all.



Turkey Day Review

2011-11-24T20:32:01.704-06:00

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am truly thankful every day. I am so blessed. And one of the things I love about Thanksgiving is getting to spend it with a large family group and do fun holiday things. In our family, this usually involves some kind of word games. Today was no exception, as we got to play MadLibs AND Scattergories. I love this family tradition...although we don't own these games ourselves...hint, hint for future holidays...And the game-playing tends to show how those who are related often think alike, with hilarious results. There were several moments today where my sister and I had pretty much the exact same thought simultaneously. Classic.

Yes, we got to go to my sister's for Thanksgiving, which, personally, I think is an AWESOME tradition because I really enjoyed getting to just make one dish, and then NOT having to stress about any house details. Everything was delicious except for our dish (oh well...it had to have too many adjustments, I think) and we got to take home an amount of leftovers that was satisfying even to my husband, for whom Thanksgiving is a shining day of stuffing yourself, following by several days of leftovers, or else it was done all wrong!

The cousins had a great time playing today, and the only issue we had at all today was that Nathan got locked into the playroom by himself. It turned out to be very difficult to get him out of there, although my sister's father-in-law eventually managed it, but luckily, it was the playroom and not, say, the bathroom, so I was pretty relaxed about it since it was highly unlikely he would get hurt. He was a little scared but I could talk to him and keep him calm. So no big deal in the grand scheme of things. A good day.

And man, am I tired now! Nothing like a day of travel and tryptophan to knock you out! Good night, sweet dreams to you! See you tomorrow~



Worn out already, and I still haven't done much.

2011-11-23T22:33:28.588-06:00

You know how it goes...during the day, I get all kinds of ideas of what I might want to or get to post on. But then the day goes flying by. You make a trip into town, you take a walk with the dog, you play with the kids and you make a delicious-smelling stuffing that you can't eat yet...and then after you wrestle everyone into bed, because that's the kind of a day it is, you sort of sit on the couch going....Hm....what can I write about? My brain....empty....zzzzzzzzz. So here's a random assortment of what comes up when I try to think of what I was thinking about writing earlier.

1. I made the stuffing without onions, even though I LOVE onions, because my sister and her baby can't have them. Then I realized that I had put almonds in them and I'm not sure my other nephew can eat them, although I *think* he can. And I'm making the stuffing in the first place because if anyone else made it, it'd be sure to have dairy, and then we couldn't have it. I hate food allergies! Stupid GMOs and pollutants and toxic crap and x factors.

2. I don't have to host tomorrow and still my list of crap to do is a mile long. I didn't ever clean out my car, so that's going on to the "Would've Been Nice" list, but I still have to pack us a bag with enough food for the whole day for at least me and Nathan, change of clothes for the boys and diapers for Nay, pump change set because I'll also have to change my pump tomorrow, camera and cell phone which need to be charged, house which needs to be dog-proofed, laundry needs to be done because J and I are running out of pants, insurance still needs to get called because they forget that they have proof that I'm covered (lovely, and I can't do that tomorrow anyway), I need to pick out clothes for us all to wear tomorrow and it'd be awesome if they didn't clash so we could take a picture...I still haven't even brushed my teeth for bed tonight...

3. Why are so many books about Robin Hood weird/depressing? One book we got was a graphic novel, and it wasn't too bad, James really liked having all the pictures, but then either the text and captions say the same basic thing but I *have* to read them both, or the pictures have too much violence or a weird-looking Maid Marian or something. One book we got had a ton of pictures but they were actually creepy. The people looked unhuman, more like goblins or something weird, and everyone had a deranged look on their faces, and there was a lot of violence and the ending was awful. Weird.

4. I'm reading a biography of Stephen Colbert. I *heart* Stephen Colbert. Brilliant.

5. I realized that what I said about Life is Beautiful might not have made it clear that I know it centers on all the really sad horribly WWII stuff. I actually thought it might be really awful, because we all know that sometimes when something wins lots of awards, it's because it's awful, but I was and still am hoping that it turns out worth it. I don't know. We'll see.

6. Ben wants to show me some cool fun chess thing so I'm off because otherwise I'll never manage to make it to bed. Love to all!



Long Week!

2011-11-22T22:42:41.243-06:00

So. It's Tuesday, right? It feels like the Friday of a very, very long week. I don't know why this is but I am exhausted!

I've been doing a lot of projects online lately. Don't really see how that would make me exhausted, although of course that's not the only thing I've been doing, but I've been working on gifts for others for Christmas in various areas, and working on Pinterest especially to create a good list of crafts we want to do, and working with Snapfish for my newest tradition: every New Year's Eve, starting this year, I want my family to create a yearly photo album, or to create however much STUFF we need to memorialize the year in pictures and then be done with it and be able to enjoy it.

Anyway. All of this is just to say that if you happen to want to know what we want for Christmas, I've also been playing around with Amazon's wishlist stuff. This is not a formal wish list at all, because I've just been sticking things on my wish list that I like and maybe think would somehow translate well into a REAL wish list...maybe in a few more days. But it's good for ideas. For example, I need some shirts; both boys would enjoy Legos; J would love a magazine subscription. We love board games, would love some "experience" gifts like movie tickets, etc...But here's the Amazon list I've made, just be aware that it is not edited for public consumption, it's just me thinking out loud! I don't really expect anyone to get us a vacuum, for example, but maybe we could get one for ourselves? However, if you WANT to get us a vacuum, go for it! And soon enough I'll publish a list of our polite requests for things we love that would be useful to us. Although we always like to make the caveat that we'd much rather just spend time with our loved ones!

Wish list

And now I better get to sleep. Love to all, see you again soon!



Pintrouble

2011-11-21T22:22:11.097-06:00

I joined Pinterest today. It is SO addicting!

But seriously, it's pretty much the coolest idea ever. I've always wanted to be able to have just a folder of cool art depicting trees...or of recipes I'm dying to make...or of books I absolutely adore...or of things that are random and make me laugh...and now I can have all of those and not take up any space in my house! Perfect!

Therefore, I shall not spend much time blogging tonight because I must go Pin things. Also of note, we're watching Life is Beautiful, and loving it. I know that movie is famous but I've never actually heard a real person I know say anything about it. I'm here to tell you that so far the first half is hilarious and the second half looks like it will be very interesting. I expect it will get two thumbs up in this household.

Love to all, and goodnight!



Update

2011-11-20T21:37:01.542-06:00

That was pretty much the fastest I've ever seen power restored out here. Usually we are the very last people to get power restored, as far as I can tell, since when we lose power it's a grand total of maybe 6 houses.

That was awesome. But I admit, I sorta wish the power wouldn't have come back on until I had already fallen asleep. That way I would've gone to bed really early. But I just can't make myself go back to bed right now, because there's so much to do. I just realized today that I NEED to go shopping tomorrow for foodstuffs so I don't HAVE to go anytime after Thanksgiving. I hate Black Friday. And the weekend won't be any better.

I'm feeling so cheerful! I think I really will try to haul myself off to bed. It'll probably still take me 30 minutes, but at least I won't be staying up *late* at that rate.

Good night, if anyone's reading this...it's hard to tell sometimes.



Power's out...

2011-11-20T21:37:14.916-06:00

Lightning strike, so blogging on Ben's IPhone.



Just another busy day

2011-11-19T20:52:35.089-06:00

Today we went to our parent meeting/kiddie playdate that we do once a month. Then we went out to lunch. Then we went and shopped for mattresses (go to the mattresses?), which the kids LOVED because we were the only people in the store and we just let them run around and play peekaboo and otherwise be a nuisance, except of course they weren't being a nuisance, they were being KIDS, and they weren't bothering anyone, as our salespeople were somewhat comatose...I'm thinking business has not been that good lately? Or maybe they had a very heavy lunch.

Anyway. Then we came home and Nathan had a nap while James and Ben played chess and Connect 4, and I dealt with a low and also felt awful for a while there. Very sleepy, and also a huge headache and my back and neck are all out of whack. I haven't done T-Tapp for 2 days. I need me some T-Tapp!

While brings me to a subject on my mind--weight loss. I started losing weight at the beginning of this year, and it really slowed to a halt around June or so, and lately with all the hormone crazies and the blood sugar swings and my least favorite thing, HAVING to eat when I'm not hungry, I think at least a small portion, if not a large portion, of that weight has come back.

Reflecting back on the last year, I've realized that the only time that I was really easily losing the weight is when I was cleaning house. So, every two weeks, I need a 3-hour exercise session, that I get paid to do, while my husband happily watches the kids (or some other free childcare arrangement).

AAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Yeah. So I need another plan. It felt really good to lose that weight, and *I* felt really good, more energetic and able and less achy and sleepy. (Okay. I was still sleepy. But only when I didn't get to sleep because of the baby!)

But I have yet to feel able to make myself exercise, in the middle of all else I have to do, for a significant amount of time, because I'm trying to conserve energy and also trying not to crash and have a huge low.

So I don't have energy because I can't exercise and I can't exercise because I don't have energy. Sigh. Sometimes it really stinks being a diabetic.

Okay. It stinks a LOT to be diabetic. But this is one incarnation of that that I'm dealing with right now.

And I'm very sleepy after our busy day, so I'm off to veg for awhile until I can drag myself to bed. Good night!



Self-Portrait

2011-11-18T21:09:50.575-06:00

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This guy. He is just perfect.

That will be all today, you guys. I've really focused this week on living in the moment, and remembering that it's really important for my kids to know that I love them RIGHT NOW, and not after they've cleaned the mess, or waited patiently for me to finish whatever I'm doing, or quit fighting, or fussing, or having any inconvenient feelings, or taking up space--no, I love them,right now, just as they are, warts and all, because they are two of the most fabulous, fun, funny, sweet, caring, beautiful, imaginative, perfect beings on this planet.

So I'm gonna go get ready for bed so I have a little more energy for them this weekend. They deserve all I can give them!

See you tomorrow. Good night!



Not terribly lucid.

2011-11-17T22:09:33.932-06:00

I just realized that I was confusing Boy George with George Michael.

WOW.

Not the same person AT ALL.

I'm still laughing from that one.

Moving on...today has been a looooooooooong day. I have learned that you should never post on the internet that there's a possibility you might bake a pie the next day, because that just gives life the chance to say OH REALLY? I DON'T THINK SO.

It's not that it was a bad day. In fact, it wasn't. The boys and I had a pretty good day, not a lot of fuss, not a lot of trouble, not a lot of stuff that had to get done. But I was Just. So. Tired. I could barely keep my eyes open through all the things we did do, and I was very lucky that there really wasn't much that needed to be done, and that I could spend my day just reading books and playing games with the boys while trying to stabilize and recover from a wild roller coaster ride of crazy blood sugars.

Hopefully that's done for now, although my blood sugar is still a bit low. This is why I'm still awake even though, again, as I might have mentioned, my eyelids are seriously drooping and I can't hardly keep my eyezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

What was I saying? Here, have a cute picture from two or three days ago, before the onset of WINTER:

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Notice how he's wearing a t-shirt that says "turtley cool" or something like that? This is awesome because that was the same day that we found these two guys crossing the road and got to save their lives:

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That big guy there was HEAVY.

Turtles are cool.

My brain is off. Good night.



Quotes and such, part 1

2011-11-16T21:22:51.500-06:00

Today was the Day of Funny Quotes. Let me see if I can remember them all...

1. There's a game that Daddy and Jamesy play where one of them will spell something funny and then do it--the favorite is "Jamesy, what does P-O-K-E spell?" and then J says "POKE!" and pokes Daddy. So today, both boys were sitting on the potty at the same time (big kid, regular potty, little kid, baby potty), and having a chat, which was cute in itself. But then J said, "Nathan, what does P-O-K-E spell?" And Nathan said, "POKE!" and poked James. It was so hilarious! We all had a huge laugh at that one. And...bonus! we're teaching N how to spell at age one. Awesome.

2. This brings me to feeding time. J usually measures out the scoops of dog food for Denali, and then N takes the food over to the spot, and then both boys tell the dog when he can go over and get it. But J always counts out loud, "One...two....three...four!" so yesterday they were doing their thing and J went, "One..." and then Nathan went, "Two...three..." And...he can count too! Genius.

3. But then we have baking. A few days ago N and I baked some sweet potato and pearsauce bread (which, oddly enough, tasted a lot like gingerbread) (not that that's a bad thing, as it was delicious!) and when I added the sweet potato puree N said, "POOP, Mama!" I won't make any other comments about that but you can draw your own conclusions about how that puree looked. So then N kept asking for POOP when he wanted to eat the bread, which we all thought was pretty funny. Then TODAY we baked peanut butter cookies, and discovered Nathan's word for cookie is "Doodie!" So James, especially, really enjoyed all the poo references.

4. Here are some sentences that N has said recently, by the way. He seems to be one of those all-or-nothing kids, who had very few words and then BAM! paragraphs. He told me "Mama! Go poop!" when he, in fact, needed to go poop (and let's not talk about how awesome it is that he's practically potty-training himself). He will say "Me! Up! Now!" and "More eat (apple) (banana) (avocado) (doodie) (etc)." He will tell me "Doggie bite!" when Denali is rolling around on the floor.

Okay, honestly, he's been saying way WAAAAAAAAAY more than that but I gotta go! We've been having a really good but really busy week this week and there is just so much to do. I admit, when I get into a cooking groove, it's really a lot of work to make so much stuff, but MAN, it is nice to have such deliciousness! Tonight we had homemade chicken noodle soup, last night we had a new jambalaya recipe I found that was wonderful, and the night before that we had roast chicken...and of course there's all the baking. Tomorrow, vegetable barley medley for dinner and pumpkin pie for dessert if I get the chance!

Good night all!