Sunday, July 30, 2006

This baby's getting evicted...

Unless he chooses to come on his own in the next 26.5 hours, this baby's getting his eviction notice LATE Monday night - midnight, to be exact. Looks like we'll have two boys that entered this world via a healthy dose of Pitocin to speed the process along. So hello induction!

I'll post pictures of the new addition sometime soon...


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sevens Meme

'Cause it's late and why not...

Seven things I can’t do:

  • Drive stick shift
  • Snap my fingers
  • Roll my tongue (genetics at play, folks)
  • Cartwheels
  • Paint (not that well, at least)
  • Sew/Quilt
  • Jump out of an airplane (that seems like a won't do, but I really don't think I could let myself do that)

Seven things I can do:

  • Go to sleep when I know I should (I think I have a tinge of insomnia)
  • Read quite fast (my retention of what I read suffers though)
  • Budget (this is more of a work-thing than a home-thing; A handles household finance)
  • Speak, read, and write in Spanish (I'm horribly out of practice though)
  • Proofread (I work in publishing but not in editorial; however, my grammar and spelling are quite good)
  • Remember random facts/knowledge
  • Follow a recipe

Seven things I want to do before I die:

  • Travel the world - I hate being specific because there's a lot of places I would love to see
  • Have dinner at a fabulously expensive restaurant while wearing fabulously expensive clothes
  • Ride a horse
  • Find a four-leaf clover (my husband finds them all the time; I NEVER have)
  • Eat sushi in Japan
  • Be on Jeopardy! (assuming I could get over the stage fright)
  • Go to chef school - I don't even necessarily want to be a chef, but I'd enjoy the training

The Seven dwarves are (google is cheating!):

  • Dopey
  • Happy
  • Sneezy
  • Grumpy
  • Sleepy
  • Doc
  • Brainy - oh wait, that's a Smurf

Seven things I say most often:

  • Jackson, I said No!
  • Might could (as in, "We might could go see that movie")
  • ya'll/you guys (culture clash here)
  • Jack, do you want juice or milk?
  • If you have any questions, feel free to email or call....
  • While you're in the kitchen....
  • I don't have anything to wear.

Seven movies I love:

  • Amelie
  • Clerks
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Walk the Line
  • Dazed & Confused
  • Heathers (I don't often think about this one, but anytime it's on TV I will stop and watch it as if in a trance)
  • Dogma (yes, I like Kevin Smith movies)

Seven friends who are getting memed:

  • Angelle
  • Jamie
  • I don't know who else, but if you do this one just let me know!


This is truly disgusting...

Have you seen the commercial for Fast Franks?

Seriously, were hot dogs that difficult to make in the first place, that microwaving the hot dog in the bun was the next obvious step in hot dog technology? Have we gotten this lazy?

It just grosses me out. One of my food rules is that bread should, as a general rule, stay out of the microwave, and this just breaks it. Microwaved bread just leaves a lot to be desired.

This blogger appears to agree with me.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

No Baby Yet

Thought I'd pop in so people don't think we've had this baby yet! He's not due until Tuesday, so he could still come on his own...however, my OB scheduled an induction for July 31 (midnight, so baby would arrive August 1, A's birthday). She would have scheduled the induction sooner, but our hospital is pretty booked up for inductions! There are other hospitals in the area, but this one is known for labor & delivery - kind of their specialty - and since we went there before, we're going for it again. Anyway, now we're just playing the waiting game. And we're not very patient people, but I guess we have to be.

We got some good news on the leg last Tuesday - I'm off crutches. The doc actually said that I would "ween myself off crutches over the next 2-3 days" but I was off those puppies within 15 minutes! FREEDOM! I'm still in the boot for about another week, and then after that I can kiss the boot goodbye!

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Monday, July 17, 2006

How do I love thee, Matchbox?

We've been trying to get Jack to at least SIT on the potty, off and on, very low pressure, for the past few months.

I was trying to think of ways to bribe him to try to pee in the potty when A came up with the most brilliant of ideas.

Matchbox Cars.

After trying for the past few days, Jack finally peed in the potty tonight, to enormous applause from his Mommy and Daddy. And he got his car.

We're so proud.

In Baby 2 news - we had an ultrasound last Friday and this kid's going to be bigger - an estimated weight of 8 lbs. (Jack was born at 7 lbs.) and a head in the 99th percentile (eek!) which makes me a little nervous about delivery. Hopefully we'll get to meet this fellow soon!

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

If this kid doesn't turn out playing music some day...

I'll be surprised.

Jack found A's mandolin that I bought for him in a market in Mexico (Guadalajara, maybe?) several years ago for about US$30. He thinks it's the coolest, probably because he sees his Daddy playing guitar and wants to be like him. In addition to the two guitars of A's, we also have drums, which he loves (what kid wouldn't?), and my old keyboard, which he loves too (he quickly figured out the 'demo' button when he was about 1 year old - lil' smartypants). We can have my parents' piano whenever we want - we just lack the space for it right now. Then there's the violin A got as a Christmas gift several years ago that neither of us can play, and the flute (I was a band gal) that I plan to sell because I don't know how to play it anymore, nor do I care to take the time and effort to learn it again. Then there's our iRiver loaded with well over 1,000 songs, and his genetic predisposition for loving music from both A and I - if this kid doesn't turn out loving music, there's nothing more that can be done.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

I now truly know how Disney makes all that money...

I have truly discovered the power of merchandising for kids. My goodness, I really had no clue until Jack went to see the movie Cars - which, by the way, was good, both for him and for A and me.

We had already decided that this would be his first movie, so the purchases had already begun - my parents bought him Cars underwear and a Cars t-shirt. After he saw the movie (twice), he's racked up: a Cars cup, a Cars Hotwheel-style Lightning McQueen; three McDonald's Happy Meal Cars toys; "Mater" from Cars, out of a cereal box, and two more Cars t-shirts. Oh, and my mom wants to buy him a Cars couch/bed(sleeping bag) for her house. Oh, and did I mention the video game rental of the Cars video game for PS2?

So, how much has Disney/Pixar sold to our family in Cars movie sales and merchandise (I won't count Mater from the cereal box, since I don't think the cereal was purchased expressly for Mater)?
  • Movie Tickets and Food (Twice; Adult Tickets only) - $35-$40
  • Cars clothing - approximately $35
  • Cars cup - $4
  • Lightning McQueen - estimated $5
  • McDonald's Happy Meal purchases - Approximately $10-12
  • PS2 game rental - $8
  • If my mom buys the couch - $40 (it might be on sale for $30)
  • GRAND TOTAL OF: $137

$137 just for our two year old - just from ONE movie! And boy, is he hooked on this movie (that's one of his 25 or 30 words now - movie).

So, what's been your experience with movie merchandising to the toddler/pre-school/kiddo set?

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Baby Update

I've been a huge slacker on posting. It seems like all I do on the computer is work, work, work, check email, read some blogs, and that's it... Anyway, baby is due in 2 weeks. So far, nothing to report. At the doctor last Friday she could not tell if his head is down, so this Friday we have our 4th ultrasound - that's right, 4 ultrasounds with this pregnancy. Thank goodness for insurance, I guess. Right now is just a waiting game to see when he will arrive. A thinks that Deuce will make his grand entrance on July 12 - Wednesday - so we'll see if he's right. I have no clue. Jack was born a week late (induced) so I'm not sure if this will go the same way, or if I will go into actual labor. We finally got the nursery painted, and my bag (mostly) packed for the hospital, so I feel ready for the littlest man's arrival!


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Ain't It Cute?

Just upgraded my phone for free on Verizon (thanks to Amazon for the photo):

Yes, it's pink. I thought about getting the also-cool Silver Razr, but decided - dang it, I'm the only woman in house full of men (especially once the littlest man arrives) - I'm going to get a pink phone!

Anyway, if you're on Verizon, and your phone is pretty old, head on over and upgrade! You might even get a better plan - my mother-in-law got 50 extra minutes for the same amount of money they're paying now!