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Whatnot Wednesday May 31, 2011

Filed under: whatnot — Elizabeth @ 11:18 PM

  • You know what I noticed recently?  The commercials they play on PBS are the same exact ones they played when I was a kid.  The Louie the Lightning bug ones?  Those are from the early ’80s!!!  And it’s obvious–the quality is HORRIBLE!
  • Have you ever seen those saxophone players who can play really, really long notes because they have somehow learned the art of circular breathing?  They are literally breathing in through their nose and blowing air through the trumpet simultaneously.  Well that is how Isaac eats bananas.  He is chewing and swallowing all at once.  The banana just continually disappears into his mouth without pause.  He does the same thing with bacon.
  • I noticed while showering the other day that the body wash I use has detailed instructions on the back.  You know, like put some on a washcloth or poufy thing and then rub it all over yourself.  Something to that effect.  It worried me that those instructions might be necessary for some people.  And then of course there is the 800 number there if you have any questions.  I would kind of like to have that job for a few days.  Those people must get some crazy phone calls.
  • Have you ever heard of the “brown note“?  I can’t bring myself to describe it here, and although it is mythical, the idea of it is pretty hysterical….at least to someone with an immature sense of humor such as myself.  Anyway, you remember when I referenced a particular tone that Matthew has to his voice sometimes?  How it can literally send shock waves throughout your limbic system?  Matthew was really giving it a go on our recent 5-hour car trip and Jason named that particular tone the “red note” because it can actually, through sound waves alone, send you into a blind rage.
  • This next thought does not want to conform to my bullet point, so we are going to let it hang out in the middle of space.  As Isaac would say, it’s okay to be different…..
    • Speaking of sounds that can throw you over the edge–I was shopping at a Stride Rite outlet and the musak being played in there was a children’s choir singing “How to Save a Life” by the Fray.  It was horrific.  Imagine the chorus of that song.  It is not meant to be sung by a group….a group of off-key children.  It was horrible.  Then I walked over to the Osh Kosh outlet and those darn kids were singing some other pop song.  I asked the cashier what was going on, who had hijacked their airwaves.  She told me it was some kind of Kid Bop and they had no control over it.  My response was simply, “I am so sorry.  This must be so horrible for you”.
  • You know how they want you to label EVERYTHING you send with your kids to preschool?  Well, I am a compliant parent.
  • On vacation, I read 4 books and one was really, really good.  Great even.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  It’s called The Silent Land. It is about a couple on a skiing vacation.  On an early morning outing, they are caught in an avalanche.  They survive, barely, but return to their resort to find it deserted.  Any efforts to leave the resort or town brings them full circle back to where they began.  They are not able to make contact with anyone else.  While it seems that this book could easily stray into Steven King or Dean Koontz territory, it never does.  It reminded me of “Lost”, if it had lasted only one season and if only the ending had been everything I really wanted it to be.  In other words, I highly recommend it.
  • I’m not saying I like kids TV shows, but I am saying if I have to get songs stuck in my head from a kid’s show, I’d like it to be the Backyardigans.  Those dudes have some really catchy songs.
  • On vacation this week, on Isaac’s first jump into the pool, he was counting in anticipation.  “One……..Two………Half and two……..Three!”.

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Whatnot Wednesday May 24, 2011

Filed under: whatnot — Elizabeth @ 11:19 PM

  • I am finding Whatnot Wednesday to be a bit elusive this week.  The funny is not coming easily to me.  My brain may need something stronger than a neti pot this time around.  Maybe, just this once, my theme should be the Nosefrida.  Have you seen this thing?  A bloggy friend of mine recommended it to me when I was elbow deep in kid snot and it is rather amazing (I will forever be indebted to you, Ms. Frick).  Using your mouth to suck the snot from your kid’s nose?  Sign me up!
  • Tomorrow is the last day of school and I have to admit, I am so ready for it to be over.  I am suffering from serious room mom angst.  It’s nobody’s fault but my own.  At orientation in August, the teacher asked me if I was dependable and organized, and as if I was at some important job interview, I blurted out, “why, those are the two words that describe me BEST!!”.  I was promptly awarded the title of room mom.  I will just say that it’s been a lot of work and leave it at that.  My plan next year, when they ask who is dependable and organized, is to let my eyes glaze over and begin furtively picking my nose.
  • Isaac stubbed his toe one day and was crying.  I asked him which toe he hurt because I was going to kiss it.  He told me that he hurt his right thumb toe.
  • My husband is kicking my tail on Words with Friends right now.  This is hard for me to accept, seeing as my self esteem is way higher than it should be (per my mom) and I just assume that I am the smartest person ever.  And let’s face it, I’m a blogger, I know words!  In my defense, I have had really bad letters.  At one point, these were the letters I had:  Q, A, A, I, I, O, O.  That ain’t right.
  • My sister was joking with Isaac, asking him if he would go to the store to get her a Coke.  His answer?  No, I can’t drive, because I won’t be 16 for a long time ago.
  • Saturday, I got to live out my Say Yes to the Dress fantasy.  No, not the one where I go shopping for a dream dress–the one where I’m a consultant at Kleinfeld’s.  This all came about because my sister got engaged.  And I won’t use this opportunity to whine that my she broke the news to me via text.  Oh yes.  She did.  And I don’t even have a texting plan.  So I was offended.  And down twenty five cents.  But I digress.  Anway, she needed some help picking a dress.  We went to David’s Bridal, which wasn’t exactly Kleinfelds, but I got to pick dresses, and I even snatched one of those clips from the consultant (you know those clips they use to pinch the dress up so it fits?), which made me feel super important.  And she said yes to the dress.  So it was a win-win.
  • Is it weird that we are just a week away from June and I just turned my electric blanket on 4?  Does it make a difference if I’m kind of sickly with a nasty summer cold?  You know what, don’t answer that.  Somebody bring me a Nosefrida.

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Whatnot Wednesday May 17, 2011

Filed under: whatnot — Elizabeth @ 11:46 PM
  • The stroller workout class I teach meets in front of a Gold’s Gym.  Isaac calls it the Golden Gym.
  • So, you know Sir Toppham Hat, right?  Of Thomas the Tank Engine fame?  Well, did you also know that his brother’s name is Sir Lowham Hatt?  And his mother’s name is Dowager Hatt?  This is the crazy minutiae that is cluttering up my mind.  I used to be smart.  There was organic chemistry in this brain.  And physics.  And lyrics to angsty 90s alternative songs.  Now people from my high school class friend request me on facebook and I can’t even recall who they might be.  But you can bet your bottom dollar I know who freaking Dowager Hatt is.  So I’ve got that going for me.
  • A co-worker of Jason’s (Tony the cowboy, as Isaac calls him) loaned us 2 movies.  “Iron Man 2” and “The Princess and the Frog”.  The boys found them and immediately refused to watch the Disney cartoon.  Their reasoning?  You see that dude in the upper right hand corner?  Isaac said, “I’m scared of she”.  Matthew’s reason?  Isaac said it was scary.  On the other hand, they both knew who Iron Man was and have requested repeatedly (with zero success) to watch that movie.
  • The other day, Isaac brought me a marker and a piece of paper and asked me to draw a hippo.  I’m no artist, but I gave it a shot.  I drew an oval for a body, a circe for a head, and then paused to ponder how I might proceed.  He snatched the marker out of my hand and screamed, “WRONG!  You drew a squirrel!!!!”.
  • As a mother, there are many times when you hear yourself saying something that you never would have imagined would be coming from your mouth.  Case in point–just yesterday I said, “Are you sticking Candy Land cards down your pants?”.  And yes.  He was.
  • Would you like to know what word I hate?  Meme.  I just don’t like it.  Mostly because I don’t know how to use it correctly.  Mostly because I’m not sure exactly what it means.  Oh, and also cause it’s stupid.  And don’t feel like you need to comment with the definition.  I can look it up if I really want to.  But you might make me laugh if you can work that word into your comment in a natural way.  Good luck with that though, because if I haven’t mentioned it before, it’s a dumb word.
  • I’m pretty sure I don’t have a diagnosable medical condition, but there are certain things, that if I really sit and think about them, make me a nervous wreck.  I think it’s because they are so far out of the realm of my understanding.  Like the internet.  And how email works.  And how google works, and how that one website is somehow able to harness information from every other website in the world and HOW IN THE HECK DOES THAT EVEN WORK?  And what is the internet really?  And eternity and infinity and unstoppable forces and immovable objects.  What’s that about?  And like way back when, when people were building roads and they had to make interstates and highways and decide how they were all going to intersect and stuff and oh my goodness, someone get me a paper bag to breathe into.  It’s all too much for me, I just need to go watch Thomas the Train.  Where’s Dowager Hatt when I need her???

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Look What You Did May 16, 2011

Filed under: faith,friends — Elizabeth @ 9:25 AM

Alabama is still reeling from the tornadoes. I know it is probably old news in the rest of the country by now, but here it is still at the top of every news report, on the front page of the paper, and there are literally news crawlers at the bottom of every local network station requesting supplies, telling people where they can donate their time.

I drove to my old neighborhood on Sunday and it is still covered in debris. The piles of trees by the road are so high, you can’t even see most of the houses. I almost missed a turn because I was looking for a certain landmark and it wasn’t even there anymore.

Suffice it to say, it’s very sad. And I didn’t even lose anything.

But you know what makes me happy? That I asked you, my invisible friends, to help me bless an individual family. Two boys with nothing left, who had seen way too many mature things in their short lives. And you totally stepped up.

I was able to present this to their grandmother–each bag contained a lovey/stuffed animal for each boy, and the card contained a $400 Visa gift card. I signed it with the first names and city and state of everybody who donated. If I remember correctly off the top of my head, we had donations come in from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Illinois. That is pretty darn awesome.

What I did not get a picture of, because I was in a huge hurry, was the 10 pairs of shoes and 2 new bags of new clothes we were able to give them.

Then I was able to use a bit more of the money to go buy some toys for the boys. I really wanted them to have something tangible, shiny and new that was all theirs. And my boys helped me pick the stuff out, which was a good lesson in giving for them. (Never mind the shrill shrieking of Isaac that we needed to buy them EVERY THOMAS TRAIN there is).

The art supplies will come in handy, as they are about to being play/art therapy to process the things they saw during the tornadoes.

Thank you for doing this with me. Thank you for doing this for them.


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