Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
What has my little girl most recently given me???
Yes, Typhoid Taylor has struck again. I'm the current new owner of a runny nose, a sore throat, and a general feeling of shittiness, compliments of my mischievious little daughter. I'm just hoping my idiotic asthma doesn't flare up as it's brought on by colds. I'm suffering through work for the next few days, until the holiday. I'm also hoping I don't reinfect T.
So, there you have it. A mother's lot in life. We give them the world, they give us a cold...and yet I couldn't be happier. Go figure.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Aunt Dot is a genious for buying this tent for T. It may take up half the room, but T has been napping and sleeping in it since Christmas. Its filled with a sleeping bag, all her blankets, many stuffed animals, dolls, her electric piano, and her flashlight.
She LOVES it!
BTW, the fab new dress I snagged a Target today. Like clockwork, they have all their Valentines Day merchandise already on the shelves. $9.99 and size X-SM from the big girl department.
We loaded up the new bike this morning, and headed over to my parent's house. Much better neighborhood than mine for riding bikes, as they have sidewalks throughout. We had to make a quick pit stop at Target first, as the helmet I ordered for xmas is way too big. Here's T sporting her new one.
Have I mentioned that I've decided to try and diet in the new year?? I'm thinking that this bike may be just the thing to help me along. T can go much faster on it than she could on her little trike. I actually have to power walk to keep up. It was quite humiliating to discover that twice around the block had me huffing and puffing. I'm thinking we'll keep the bike in the car, and go for a ride after work a few night during the week and then on the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Jr. Orange Bowl parade is this tuesday night in Coral Gables. 7 p.m. start time. I'm hoping we'll be able to make it. Should be a fun time.
Lastly, T has been sleeping in her tent every night. Who would have thought? I've been getting quite the good night sleep, without you know who in bed giving me a swift kick every few hours. I'm so rested you'd think I had taken a long and relaxing vacation!
That's it for now.
With nothing but time on my hands and to distract me from the Christmas-is-over blues, I decided a pop quiz would be in order. Found this one, hoping to gain some personal insight. Not sure what it means, but fun anyway to find out which Jane Austen heroine I'm most like:
Saturday, December 27, 2008
BTW, according to the doc, T is 31 pounds and 38 inches. Despite qualifying with her height to ride some of the rides, T had no interest in them. Instead, we played bowling, video games, air hockey and gooney golf. Boy, did we have fun. Bonus was that our friend Ruth came with us. No pics of her, though, b/c she was manning the camera. I think she planned it that way!
Its 4:00 a.m., and I can't sleep. So, figured I'd post about my holiday blues. This is what I hate about Xmas. Its just over too quickly for me! This is why I put my trees up the day after Halloween. I spend all that time getting ready, trolling the internet for deals on gifts, singing along with the songs on the radio, and then poof! Like a puff of smoke its gone.
I still even have some eggnog left. But who wants to drink all those gloriously delicious calories, when the damn holiday is over and you've already eaten more than you should have? Not even me, who is the Queen of Justification, can justify that. Plus, one glass and the bourbon has me wanting to nap, with T still running around the house at warp speed going from toy to toy. I know she just bides her time, waiting for me to nod off so that she can cause some horrible mischief in this house. I must remain viligent and alert!
Is anybody else out there like me? I find myself still trolling the internet for deals...I can't seem to stop myself....making sure that what I bought hasn't been slashed in price again, which would give me huge buyers remorse. So far, so good. Just where are all these post-holiday super sales that the TV keeps droning on and on about anyway? I can't seem to find them. In fact, I have a couple baskets already full on a few sites, waiting to see if they'll institute a site-wide sale of 40, 50, even 60% off. So far, not much luck. All I've found for that is Coldwater Creek with 50% off. Problem is, I don't need any new clothes and nothing's really catching my eye there, anyway. Sigh.
After T's doctor appt today...where they say she's OK except for her headcold... we went off to JC Penney to make an exchange for my mom. I was annoyed to find no evidence of their supposed "doorbuster" sales. Everything was the same price as before christmas.
We came home, where T continued to play with her marble race, continued to pet her pet plastic dinosaur Spike but refused to play with it as intended due to the scare factor, and continued to act petrified everytime she even glimpses the Beware of Dog box. She's also been trying to ride her bike in the house. Poor thing can't do it like she did with her trike, as the new one is just a little too big. Maybe we'll find a park this weekend, since I don't have sidewalks in my neighborhood. I can't believe my little baby is now learning to ride a big girl bike.
Where the hell did the time go, anyway?
Thursday, December 25, 2008
In terms of holding T's attention, this is the winner of the day. It took me a while to set the thing up, but the Marble Race is a huge hit. I built 2 different ones, and she's been racing the marbles all night.
It's actually quite fun setting the thing up. Its like a big puzzle. So, is there anyone else like me who is re-living their childhood through their daughter? I always wanted this game, or perhaps mousetrap, and never got them. Let me say, that its just as fun at 43, as it is at 7!
Here's a glimpse of T's coveted pup-tent. She was napping here, but is currently insisting on sleeping in it. Hey, its Christmas! I say OK. Plus, we have a dr appt in the morning to check out t's cold. Luckily, the fever is gone and has not returned. However, she is left with a runny nose and wet cough.
That's it for the day. Hope everybody got everything that they hoped and dreamed of, on this wonderful day.
So after playing games all morning, we promptly went back to bed around 8:00 a.m. or so. I then got up and drove north to collect Aunt ConCon and my parents. It was the year of Alfred Dunnar for the girls. I got them a couple matching outfits from JC Penney, and they loved them. This one is the snazziest. Jazzed them both up with the color.
Dot once again made a wonderful meal of prime rib, broccoli casserole, waldorf salad, a Paula Dean Corn Casserole, and roasted potatoes. Delicious!
We played some games, posed for pics, and they were out the door by 2:30.
Boy does Christmas go fast!
Oh yeah, bet you didn't see this one coming...T got more presents!
That's it for now, I'm off to play games!
So, the year of the game has been a huge success. We're thrilled. Pictured here is Alfredo's Food Fight. The thing twirls around, and you use the fork to shoot spaghetti and meatballs at the waiter...the front side of the waiter which has velcro affixed to him. Gotta time it right, else your meatball will hit his back, which has no velcro, and you'll have to try again.
The use of the actual fork-shooter, which you see pictured at the bottom corner, was a little above T's skill set. That doesn't stop my T, no sir! She just started lobbing her meatballs at the thing and had a blast.
- Beware of the Dog: This is a sleeping dog, with a bowl of bones in front. Drawing a card tells you what color and how many bones you must fish out of the bowl in front of the sleeping dog using tongs. If you jostle them too much, the dog awakens, snapping at your hand and barking up a storm. T is scared senseless by it. Nothing like traumatizing your child with a xmas gift!
- Hyper Dash: OK, this is a great game and I highly recommend it, especially for those days when you're stuck in the house b/c of weather. It comes with five colored cups, that you can put around the house, even in different rooms. It can also be played outdoors. It comes with this joystick thing, that gives you voice commands, and which are more complicated given the chosen game or chosen level. The easiest game and level calls out the colors of the cups. One then runs to the cup and places the joystick (which has a bigger cup on one end), over the correct colored cup. You end up running all around the house. It can be played by 1 to 8 people competeing against each other, or in teams. Buy it for yourself or as a gift. Its less than 20 bucks, Great exercise and a great game!
- Don't break the Ice and Don't spill the beans: Perennial favorites. T loves them and is quite adept at playing.
- Spike the Dinosuar: While T fell in love with the thing in the store...when it was strategically placed in a plastic cage...in real life it scares the bejeezes out of her. At a REALLY hefty price, I suggest only getting it for someone 5 or 6 or older. As it stands, T calls it her pet and only interacts with it when its off.
- What's in Ned's head: although I liked the idea of this game the best of all, so far its not thrilling T too much.
- Cat in the Hat-I Can Do That: haven't played it yet. She's in stimulation overload at the moment UPDATE: THIS IS A HIT! I describe this game as Simon Says with props. It comes with a trick-a-ma-stick...which is like a limbo stick but doesn't adjust in height. One draws a card to see what they must do...crawl under, skip around, step over, etc. You must draw two more cards from different stacks. The cards command you to perform that act, with a certain time, doing a certain thing with it. E.g.: 1. Skip around the stick, 2. with the fishbowl, 3. under your right arm. T enjoys it very much, but she's also a HUGE Simon Says fan.
- Cookie Game: forgot to give it to her. I suspect she'll get it for chinese new year.
It really was sweet. After we went to bed, after about 1/2 hour, we heard Dot moving around in the other room. T exclaimed, sat up in bed, peeked out the window, and attentively listened. It was clear that she thought that it was Santa and the reindeer. I was very afraid that she would tear out of bed to try and investigate. I said, "Quick, pretend you're asleep or he'll leave!". T shut her eyes are hard as she could, and pretended to be asleep. She pretended so well, that she actually did fall asleep!
Why do I say we made a mistake? Take one guess as to what time T woke up this morning. Go on, guess!
Um, was your guess the absolutely HIDEOUS time of 4:30 in the morning? If not, you were wrong. My little girl was up at 4:15, and I stayed in bed pretending to be asleep. Figured she was going to the bathroom. Um, no. I figured wrong. She spotted the presents in the living room, and was busy investigating and talking to herself. She then came to get me, who was sleeping in her bedroom. Well, upon entering, she noticed the princess pup-tent that Aunt Dot got for her. We set it up in her room, and filled it with her stuffed animals. I had the short-lived hope that she'd go inside and fall asleep, but that was nothing but a pipe dream. So up we got, and we woke Dot up at 4:30 a.m.
Of course, the first thing she made a beeline to was the bike. Loves it! The helmet, though, not so much. In her defense, the thing is too big for her, and falls down over her eyes blinding her. Stand by for video of that. I'll be out scouting for an infant sized helmet in the near future.
The biggest hit of the day, besides her tent, is the Sleeping Beauty Talking Vanity. She's thrilled with it, and spent the morning in her new Ariel costume primping and preening in front of the mirror and fixing Sleeping Beauty's hair. She's noted that sleeping beauty has "Dotty Hair".
Another big hit of the day is her camera. Everytime I go to take a picture, she'd make a dive for her camera, and would take a shot, too
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
One of the fun things about living in sunny Miami, is that its hardly ever cold for Christmas. Of course, that's the bummer of it, too. So, we were able to go outside and search the night's sky for reindeer at our leisure...and in our nightgowns.
Since we didn't see any approaching in the night sky, we figured we needed some extra enducements to make them stop at our house. God knows we're not the best behaved household in the world, so we figured it would be a good idea to hedge our bets. We decided to sprinkle reindeer food, aka uncooked oatmeal, all around the front yard, to ensure that they make a stop at our house!
Then since we still weren't comfortable with either our behavior throughout the year or our enticements of oats, be broke out the big guns for the fat man...COOKIES FOR SANTA!
...Aunt Ceci called today, and insisted we open MORE gifts she sent us. Well, no need to twist our arms, lickity-split we had the two things torn open. Sweet Ceci and family got T a bunch of beautiful children's books about China, and a gorgeous picture frame for her room. But that's not all....two of the books are our FAVORITES! Wonderful stories about the life story of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Both books are written for children and are quite inspiring.
Also, leave it to ceci, only she could possibly find an Obama Christmas Angel. Do you see the new ornament our tree is sporting? Fabulous! Clearly, I'm dubbing him the Angel of Christmas Future and am praying that he can work some magic on this abysmal economy that he's inheriting .
We then stopped off at Merrick park (the actual park and not the shopping center), where they have a Christmas display set up. Its also a tot lot with a santa in a house for pics. Line was too long, though. I reminds me of something from the 1950's or 60's (and probably is) that you'd see in my fav xmas movie, The Christmas Story...you know, the one about Ralphie and his coveted BB gun/rifle. T had fun running around playing for a while, then consented to leave without a tantrum. Sigh of relief there.
So, speaking of beans, I bet you could see this coming...I gave T another xmas present early. Yeah, yeah, I've already heard it from Aunt Dot. In my defense, we were stuck in the house and T was feeling bad. As I suspected, she LOVES Dont Spill the Beans (or peanuts as T calls them). She's a vicious player and doesn't mind being a big fat cheat. Funny how at certain times, she'll place her bean on the pot, and subtlely tip the thing the other way with her hand, spilling the beans on your side! No fair! T can't wait to play with the grandparents and Con Con. T may have met her match, though. That Aunt ConCon is one savvy, game-playing woman!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Yes, that's right, my hopes of a nice and relaxing day, sans T, have been dashed. She's foiled me again! Poor T woke up with one of those 'wet coughs' and may even have a temperature. She even looks grumpy, doesn't she?
Not that I would ever wish my daughter to be sick, but if she's more than just under the weather, hopefully she'll nap quite a bit today and I can assemble the vanity at that time. Otherwise? I'm royally screwed.
Leave it to T to do this to her poor mother.
Monday, December 22, 2008
...all around the house!
God, I just love those target giftboxes, that look like wrapped presents! They are the easiest things around. Add a bow and abracadabra...Instant Present!
Now, now, no comments from the peanut gallery. The bulk of these presents are for the adults. T gets real wrapping paper that she gets to rip into. I'd never do her out of the joy of that!
Well kiddies, its Monday morning, and I'm off of work. I'm about to go out for a little xmas shopping, but thought I'd leave you with this quiz, as we haven't had a quiz in a very long time. As least related to me, this quiz is spot-on!
UPDATE: As of about 8:30 this morning, I was strolling through Toys-R-Us. I told my parents I'd get their gift to T for them. I was thinking a Big Wheel, to be kept at their house. I LOVED that thing as a child! Then my dad goes and said he almost bought one, but was afraid b/c she could ride out into the street and get hit. Crap. Talk about raining on my parade. Now paranoid me has decided that maybe I should wait a year for that gift...until T better understands the rules of the road, so to speak. Or in T's case, the rules of the sidewalk.
Instead, I spent a good 2 hours hunting in the toy store for the perfect gift. What a relaxing thing to do without you-know-who along distracting me. Anyway, SOMEBODY will be receiving a Princess Vanity. Wait til you see pics of this elaborate creation!! She'll be thrilled. In the meantime, I'll be spending all of tomorrow trying to figure out how to assemble the thing.
So, what happens after this 2-hour extravaganza and as the store keeps getting crowded and more crowded??? I go to pay and discover I have neither my bank card with me, nor my charge card. Holy mother of God, how in the world could I have forgotten those vital items and better question: where the hell are they? Luckily, the store took a check with just my d/l for identification and I found the cards in the brest pocket of a jacket...where I put them when I last tried to fill up with gas. Anyway, not even this snafu could dull my Christmas cheer. I'm in go-with-the-flow mode...boy, is it easy to achieve this state of nirvana when T is in school!
...Anyway, tick tock... just 3 days left!
Click the link below the white results-box, to find out where you fall on the old Grinch-O-meter.
You Are the Furthest Thing From A Grinch
You love and live for the holidays. You even love the Grinch!
You're in the holiday spirit year round... because you're all about celebrating and giving.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
100 Things Bucket List
Copy/Paste and highlight/italicize the things on this list you have done. I'm not sure who compiled this list, and I've seen similar ones with slightly different lists of "achievements". As this is the one that I've most recently run across, Here's mine:
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland...I'm counting DisneyWorld, here!
8. Climbed a mountain...does rode up a mountain on a tram count if we hiked around a little while up there?
9. Held a praying mantis...and never will! Yuck.
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables (thanks to a science experiment in elementary school)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill...i either had dr appt's or T was sick!
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon (a half marathon)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice...does it count that it was in Vegas at the Venetian??
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise...just a gambling cruise for the evening, does that count?
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke (unfortunately)
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason...does it count if my dad bought them?
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job...class treasurer in the 3rd grade!
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating...and I never will!
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
I tag anyone who is bored enough to do this.
Friday, December 19, 2008
- Go xmas shopping on monday and tuesday while T is in school, and get presents for everybody OTHER than T
- Visit Santa's Enchanted Forrest one evening...that's an amusement park that's all lit up and decorated for the holidays.
- Visit the little xmas display park in coral gables
- Wrap up all the presents and store them in the closet
- Try not to let T drive me insane in the process
We're settling back now, to watch Horton Hears of Who. I always give thanks for a new movie to add to T's reportiore...no matter how good or bad. Variety is the spice of life!
to create a miracle across the ocean so far....
Then entwine and weave all the hopes and labor,
it would take to bring us this joy called "Taylor"....
Now three lives are blessed and somewhere in the stars,
the planners are smiling, as we all are.