Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Well, my mom ran into Mark McKinney's mom a few days ago, and this is what came from that conversation.
When I was in 5th grade I was in a local theater production of The Wizard of Oz. During that particular production I sat in the munchkin house with Mark McKinney and we even endured a tornado in that house (along with a few other people.) Well as it turns out, Mark is now going by Gil McKinney and he's playing a doctor on ER. Which totally connects me with Elvis.
So here it goes.
1. I was in the Wizard of Oz with Mark Gil McKinney.
2. Mark Gil McKinney is on ER - George Clooney was also on ER.
3. George Clooney was in Ocean's Eleven with Brad Pitt.
4. Brad Pitt is married to Angelina Jolie.
5. Angelina Jolie was in Gone in 60 Seconds with Nicolas Cage.
6. Nicolas Cage was married to Lisa Marie Presley.
7. Lisa Marie Presley is Elvis's daughter.
Special Bonus - in 2004 Mark Gil McKinney played Young Elvis in a production of Elvis has Left the Building.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This is a short week. I'm only work 2 days this week, then we go on our Texas road trip circuit. I'm already tired, just thinking about it. I only mention it because, well, in all likelihood I won't be posting anything while we're gone.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I worked from home yesterday because of contractors. And get this. They actually showed up. I know. Crazy. I haven't been able to get a contractor to show up when they said they would the first time since Ike. And these people called like Saturday and said they'd be here Thursday, and they totally showed up. Imagine that.
Anyway. Remember a while back when I was buying special saran wrap to put on my cheese grater style windows to try and save $0.02 on my electricity bill?
Well, we bit the bullet and bought new windows. We are replacing all of the diamond leaded glass windows on the front of the house. I cannot wait to see what this saves us on electricity - although we might not feel the bulk of the savings until next summer. The windows had so many cracks in them you could actually feel the air-conditioning coming through them on the outside, and in the dining room if the rain was ever so slightly slanted we'd get some small water puddles.
This is the kitchen window before:
I think the bright whiteness of the trim is going to take some getting used to, but it will be nice to be able to open these windows on a nice day and have a cross breeze. Or, you know, get rid of the smoke from my cooking faster.
This is the master bedroom before:
Our bedroom was a fire hazard previous to this, because we only had one means of egress. Now our windows open, so we'll be able to escape in case of a fire. And these windows are double hung, so we can open the top or the bottom and the screen slides too!
These are the upstairs windows before:
I think these are the ones that look the best. And the panels will come out completely, so if I ever decide to wash the windows (STOP LAUGHING!) I can pop them out and clean the outside too!
When I went to pick up Landon after school, I had left all the lights on upstairs and we had taken the blinds down to accomodate the installation of the winodws. He could see straight into his room and see the "NDO" of his name on the wall. I had no idea it would be so exciting. "Dat's me! Mine! Name! Mine a me! YAN NAN!"
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We bought a Wii for each other for Christmas. We haven't had a game system in the house. Um. Ever. And I wasn't completely sold on having one. I mean, if we got one it had to be the Wii, because at least you have to get off your butt and move a little. We are clearly 8 and cannot wait until Christmas. I was excited to play, we played each of the games that came with it. Yay for bowling, I suck in real life, but am unstoppable in Wii world. Uh, boxing is hard, and tiring, and possibly the best workout I've had in ages.
And then I did the fitness challenge.
And then it told me my Wii age. 62.
And then I threw it in the garbage, because no one is allowed to speak to me like that. Not only that, you can only do the challenge once a day, so it would be another 24 or so hours before I could prove to myself that I am not 62.
Clinton, of course, is a cheapskate and pulled it back out of the garbage and because he's mean and evil, he tied the controller to my hand and MADE me do it again the next day. 58.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. 33. This has nothing to do with my competitive streak. Nope. Nothing at all.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. 29.
The Wii can stay.
But now I'm not sure I want to do it again, because what if my age goes up?
Also, Clinton bought me a WiiFit, so I shall be trying that puppy out this weekend.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We went to the park over the weekend and Landon actually came within 5 feet of a stranger. A little boy 2 years and 8 months old came with his father and was sliding down one slide and Landon went - of his own free will - and slid down the other slide. He is totally making progress in the shyness department. He still wouldn't speak to him, but at least he came within playing distance. Also, that little boy got to the end of the slide and jumped off every time. When they left, Landon felt the need to try.
We have our own personal Sid. She may be canine and answer to "Feenie," but she's pretty destructive when she wants to be.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I'm marking some regulars off the list this week and one newbie.
#5 - Iceberg lettuce - I made a salad where I combined iceberg lettuce and romaine lettuce. I actually prefer my iceberg lettuce on tacos, but Clinton prefers salad of iceberg lettuce. Landon prefers to lick salad dressing off his fingers, bypassing the lettuce altogether.
#6 - Romaine lettuce - see above. Except I don't like romaine lettuce on my tacos, I do prefer it in my salads.
#7 - Yellow onions - I made The Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast again, so I am able to cross off the yellow onions. I'm not sure if this counts; we didn't really eat the onions, but they do flavor the meat...you make the call in the comments.
#8 - Carrots - and of course the carrots went into the pot roast as well. I love a pot roast carrot. Mushy, beefy, yum!! Clinton eats them, but I don't know that he loves them or anything. And Landon, Landon is in the raw carrots only camp. He will not even entertain the idea that carrots might just be yummy cooked as well.
And finally, the newbie - #9 - Acorn squash.
I used another Pioneer Woman's recipe for this one.
This is an acorn squash.
This is an acorn squash cut in half - looks pumpkiny.
This is an acorn squash with it's guts removed and 1 1/2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp brown sugar put in it's place, and then drizzled with pure maple syrup - or as I like to call it, liquid money. (In an attempt to not buy something with HFCS, I bought 100% pure maple syrup. Which cost me nearly double for about 1/4 of the syrup.) Also, Pioneer Woman didn't mention this, but my squashes would not stay up right. I made little holders out of crumpled aluminum foil to make them stand up.
Here's a picture of the maple syrup. I thought it needed its own picture. It was the major cost of this recipe.
Bake for 30 minutes at 400° covered with foil and water in the pan, remove foil from top, bake another 25 minutes. Turn oven to broiler and cook another 5 minutes.
I suggest waiting about 10 minutes for them to cool; it took a while for the molten lava in the middle to not burn the ever loving crap out of my tongue.
Clinton: [Head tilt, really thinking, probably about how to say he doesn't like it without insulting me] It does the cotton candy thing.
Me: [Confused] Whaaa? What's the cotton candy thing?
Clinton: You know, it like dissolves in seconds in my mouth.
Me: [Confused as to why this is a bad thing.]
Clinton: I can see where someone would like it, it's okay, but not really my thing.
Me: It has a similar flavor to sweet potatoes, I don't like the maple flavor much, it's overpowering. Considering I really only like butter and brown sugar on my sweet potatoes - in fact I don't even really like maple syrup on my pancakes, I wonder if I'd like it better without the maple syrup.
So there you have it, it was good, but overpoweringly sweet and maybe if I could tone it down I'd like it better. It was not fault of the squash, but the recipe I think.
And any other recipe for a fruit or veggie that you like, I'll take those recipes too
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Here's a few pictures from the month. They'll have to work for now.
Why yes I do allow my 2 year old to climb up the slide.
He's also got the GQ pose down.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
We still don’t really know if it was food poisoning or some very very mean stomach virus. I prefer to think it was the former, because that way I can banish the restaurant from my repertoire and be done with it and never think of it again. The latter would require purchasing large plastic bubble suits for the three of us and that’s going to get expensive. I don’t even know how to start with the cleaning of plastic bubble suits, are they dry clean only? Are they like jackets and you only wash them once you see dirt on them or do you wash them daily like your normal clothes? See why I blame food poisoning? It’s just easier.
Anyway, on to the benefits:
- A child free weekend – sure you don’t get to enjoy it because you’re spending 65-75% of your time on the toilet in one form or fashion, but at least you only have to wipe your own butt.
- Weight loss – not that this is a fool proof system and not that it’s the healthiest way to lose weight, but I did lose 3 lbs over the weekend.
- Overcoming addiction – after spending three days eating minimally and drinking mostly water and Gatorade, I went through my caffeine withdrawal while experiencing the rest of my issues and it was barely noticeable. In fact the carbonation hurt my stomach this morning when I got my usual, so I will probably be kicking the habit once and for all.
- Clearing your DVR – it’s not like you can do pool maintenance or mow the lawn, you have to maintain a certain proximity to the bathroom and you’re weak to boot, so, since you have nothing else to do but watch TV, it’s time to clear the DVR.
- Renting movies – once the DVR is empty, it’s time to rent some movies. Redbox is awesome if you know you have the uninterrupted time to watch movies and will not be late returning them. This of course requires at least once person to be in good enough condition to drive. We rented Baby Mama – predictable, but cute, also, we taught Landon to give Mojo – so totally worth it, and Leatherheads – I don’t know, I couldn’t really concentrate on it, it was too slow and I ended up going downstairs to finish laundry instead.
What you thought I’d talk about voting on election day?
Monday, November 03, 2008
Today you turn 25 months old. Your monthly milestone achievements are a little more subtle. You are still so much of a baby, but growing so quickly into a real little person. A person with opinions and wants, and a little person who wants nothing more than to help do whatever it is the grown-ups are doing.
This month has been a bit of a trial for us healthwise. You have had a cough for nearly the entire month, for which the doctor finally gave us antibiotics to hopefully clear out whatever is causing it. We ate dinner with your Grandma Wood this past Thursday, she was in town for the quilt festival. And immediately upon arriving home each of the three of us succumbed to what we now believe may have been food poisoning. Your bout was brief. You must have gotten rid of it all in the one puke. All over me.
Daddy and I suffered through the night and then Friday afternoon made the decision to send you to Grandma Logan’s for Halloween. I was pretty upset because I wanted to be with you for your first trick or treating, but I knew that I was in no shape to walk next door, much less all the way around the street. I hope this is not an annual illness, but it is eerily familiar. As it turns out, you refused to leave the house or put on your costume for trick or treating, so next year I will get to take you on your first trick or treating expedition anyway.
Your day care progress is unbelievable. Your original teacher left after a couple weeks, the replacement teacher left a few weeks ago. The new teacher, it seems is a dream. I get a better vibe from her, but more than that, when asked if you want to go to school and see Ms. Ashley, your face lights up! This morning, you walked in on your own two feet. You went straight to Ms. Keisha’s lap. Well, kind of, you made a slight detour and got another lady’s hopes up that you were coming to her, but nope. Anyway, there were no tears. It was awesome.
I should also note that your day care is teaching you sooo much stuff. I love it. I love that you are asking what things are, I love that you are repeating things. I love that you are so interested in everything around you. I hope you can hold on to that level of curiosity.
I have no requests this month, except you know, quit getting me sick.