Friday, February 26, 2010
Turns out I would. At least I wore a fleece jacket over my cowgirl pajamas this morning, and yes I was holding a mug of coffee.
Maybe the next generation can break the cycle.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
My younger son was born almost 6 weeks prematurely, and when they took him away to the NICU he seemed to be gone for a long time. The NICU specialist came back to talk to my husband and I and as he was talking I only remember hearing a few words, syndrome, physical markers, genetic defects......I was putting puzzle pieces together in my head, not liking what was coming together. I remember glancing at my husband who was listening, but wasn't hearing what I was hearing. I knew what the doctor was trying to say in a round-about way, but I knew my husband's puzzle was FAR BEHIND mine. I cautiously said, "You're not talking about Down's Syndrome are you?" He shook his head yes.
I walked straight back to the bed hoping that this was a pregnancy induced nightmare. I couldn't look my husband in the eye, it was too painful, I couldn't make happy phone calls, because I couldn't speak the words.
As the day wore on we made some phone calls to family members to try and make this go away.....and little by little we heard things that eased our minds. Our son was born with 4 out of the 5 physical markers for Down Syndrome, but he was one in a million? billion? that didn't have actually have it.
I felt so relieved, and so thankful, but you know how life creeps back in, there are diapers to be changed, homework to check, and life is just life.
After reading this blog, that was sent to me today, God whispered "wake up". And I listened.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Did you drink this growing up? It is sooo good. Mix everything up in a HUGE bowl and put it into smaller containers. Add 1 tablespoon of mix to a mug of boiling water! Yummm....It's a little ghetto-licious... But don't let that stop you from trying it!
These measurements are to taste, add a little more or less of what you like. Great for a cold or the flu!
1 jar Unsweetened Nestea Mix (I found Decafenniated)
1 quart container Tang
1 quart container Lemonade
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp ground cloves
1 tsp grated nutmeg
*1 tbsp ground ginger (I'm on a ginger kick so I added some in)
* Add in some "Red Hot" candies If it sounds good to you!
Makes you want to homeschool doesn't it?
The shooter was not a student, but does that even matter at this point? How many school shootings can we take, not only here in Colorado but everywhere.
Kevlar vests for students? Keep them home? What?
Yesterday was Taco Tuesday! (No we don't have tacos every Tuesday, but doesn't it sound festive!) Recently I looked on the back of a taco seasoning packet and felt like calling poison control!
(Click to enlarge, if you would like to see the disgusting ingredients)
I blended half of the spices in my Spice Grinder. It is just a coffee grinder that I only use for spices. And no I don't grind my own spices everyday. I didn't want to grind all of it because it is so pretty when you can identify the spices that you are eating. Except for my children who will interrogate me if the see some color in their food and demand to know what it is. Just lie, it's the right thing to do.
About that lying thing...do they need to know that they are eating shredded cabbage instead of lettuce....no......Organic Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream..........no...Ground Turkey instead of Beef.......no.....Whole Grain Tortillas.......Oh come on, your mom did it to you too!
Homemade works for me!!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Yesterday she was outside playing with the neighborhood dogs in the snow. We all have open gates between the homes so the dog's and kids can go from back yard to back yard. Our neighbors could not be sweeter, so it works out great!
Casey started barking and barking, so I went to see what was wrong. She was chasing our next door neighbor's dog around and around this shrub and I realize they are fighting over something. Because of the snow I couldn't really tell what it was because it was white.......and........lacey........oh.....no. Oh yes. I made a mad dash for the tug-of-war altercation and this is what a wrangled out of the neighbor dog's mouth.
My un.der.wear. Nice.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I used two pounds of ground bison. Put between two sheets of waxed paper, using a rolling pin spread bison until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Then you can cut into "slider squares" and grill them. We are grilling indoors at the moment!
Just mix a ranch dressing packet with Organic Greek Yogurt and buttermilk, and then stick it back into the Hidden Valley squeeze bottle.
Sliders work for brown bag lunches as well!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
1) Don't build a wardrobe built on fantasy.
But what if I meet Don Draper, and his secretary just quit, and I'm wearing one of my 10 sexy secretary outfits and well, one typing thing leads to another and we go out for a drink and a ciggie and..........get it?
2)Don't Buy Your Favorites Over and Over.
Three words: Brown .Tweed .Blazers. Looooovee Them. No Idea Why.....Maybe if I'm wearing one and I'm in Harvard Square and they need a professor lets say to teach......Making Dog Treats 101....and there I am all professor-ed up.....(See rule #1)
3)Don't Shop For the Beautiful but Impractical.
Jessica Simpson Brown Suede Pointy Toe 5 inch heals. I wore them and screamed. Not in ecstasy but in severe pain! It sounded much like her singing. I looked sooooo hot! Because I was sweating over the excruciating level of torture. It was right up there with childbirth....but you know, with my feet....did that make sense? It's 5am so I'm not so sure.
This is just step one in my Oprah-ized blog post. I think I will do a series. Do come back for more.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Up to her ankle.
Now the beauty of having a blog is that when she says these incredibly insulting things to me I just write them down so that I can blog about them later! I used to get my feelings hurt and now I'm so excited to have blogging material, I'm thinking "Bring it!". Now you might be worried that she is reading this right now, but don't worry because this is how our story begins.
Read Aloud with a very loud and strong Brooklyn accent:
MIL: "Oh your blog......I read that a few times...in the beginning. I don't really have time, to sit around all day on the computer."
(as I was sitting around typing a blog post yesterday)
MIL: "You know Dee, you really aren't that unique" (referring to me blogging about my crazy brain)
After the second comment I turned to my husband who was pretending to read the paper and announced loudly. "Hey did you hear that one!! She said I wasn't that unique!" With this crazy smile on my face because I knew that it would be blogged about shortly.
Don't worry I informed her after the offensive comment that she just landed herself on the blog.
I wonder if they have surgery that can remove the foot from her mouth. That position couldn't possibly be comfortable. But then again she must be used to it.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
about a little copper tray that he picked up his fabulous outing at a New York Flea Market, in his cute puffer jacket and burberry scarf. It looked like this:
Well as serendipity would have it, I was perusing my favorite boutique, in my lucky jeans and down parka and what did I happen upon? hmmmmmm........
This is the AFTER picture! I had to scrub that thing for-ev-er. Of course once again I did take a BEFORE picture without the card in the camera!! Canon will you please have an alarm go off if someone is taking pictures with no card in the camera! So here is Eddie's in all of its Rat Pack Glory!
We're having family friendly martinis! Just use Sparkling Cider with Pom pomegranate juice! Delicious, good for you, the kids can have some, and it is a beautiful red color for valentines day!
Here is another way, for a fancy treat:
Cookies and milk anyone?
I'm telling you the best chocolate milk ever is shaken in a stainless steel martini shaker with ice. Try it!
Eddie would be so proud!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I suggest you take a stainless steel martini shaker fill with crushed ice, milk and Hershey's dark chocolate syrup, shake it like a martini, and serve it in a frosty martini glass. Or do what my boys do, drink the milk from the carton until it is empty and then put it back in the fridge.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Eddie Ross started it!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Do you remember the Eddie Murphy Delirious Concert when he talked about wanting a McDonald's hamburger and his mom says, "you don't need no McDonald's we got meat at home." Then she proceedes to make him a hamburger with giant chunks of green pepper on Wonder Bread? I laughed so hard back in the day, because all of our mothers pulled that.
I'm Eddie Murphy's mother now.
Tonight the boys wanted Chili's. Well the older one will want the queso appetizer, a giant bacon-cheese burger, fries, and the molten lava cake for dessert. Now that would require me to tell him to reel it in, he can't order for twelve people..etc..the younger one will want the Mac n' Cheese for $6.95 that is the same garbage that comes out of the box. No Thanks!
So I tell them that instead of going out I'll make "Chicken Nachos...Hooray!" I'm trying to really sell it! They rolled their eyes and chicken nachos it was!
You know, whole grain chips, organic chicken, home made salsa, avocado, greek yogurt (they think it's sour cream)...the works!
They were less than impressed. Even though I threw in the whole-wheat flour tortilla chips with cinnamon sugar for dessert. They were great...I ate most of them.
Just call me Mrs. Murphy
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
So....I woke up this morning with the world's worst sore throat. I'm a sore throat aficionado so I know the worst when I feel it. I think some store brand Daytime Cold Medicine seems like a good idea. So I took some.
Well, when your neurologist says, no mind-altering substances like alcohol or caffeine he should throw in the Daytime Cold Medicine. Because guess what? I felt like I had ingested about a kilo of Cryst*l M*th. I'm not kidding. I told my husband that maybe I needed to go to the ER for the Cryst*l M*th antidote if one existed. And that if he came home from work and I had moved to a trailer park and stopped wearing a bra he would know why! (Why would you purposely do this to yourself? I can't imagine!! That was NOT FUN!!)
It started to wear off a little, so I thought it was safe for me to run some errands. You know selfish stuff like returning one child's library book and buying another one at Barnes and Noble to replace the other one from school that he misplaced, buying groceries, putting gas in the car etc....
Now in the back of my speed-twitching mind I remember that I have to pick up my older son for batting practice at 2:80......yeah you read it right. So at 2:50 I get the frantic phone call, WHERE ARE YOU? I'm thinking I have time, whats the hysteria? As the clock clicks 3:00 I realize that there is no such thing as 2:80. He doesn't speak to me all the way to the batting cages. (He was on time by the way, but don't let that little detail curtail his breakdown.) Because of that delay, on the way to pick up my younger son my phone rings and he says, "Mom do we need to go over the "No Child Left Behind Policy" AGAIN! He's funny that one. It is then that he decides that we need to have the ever-popular, "How come I can't have rated Mature Video Games when everyone else does" argument for the bajillionth time this week.
I would like to go to bed now please. Good night. (Oh yeah not only is there no such thing as 2:80. I thought 2:80 was ten minutes before 3:00. Still not right. My math is still a little off.)
How was your day?