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Date:2009-10-17 19:29
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So who wants to buy a Frank Lloyd Wright? Bonus: I will come over and help you decorate.

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Date:2009-10-15 16:26
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It's the Larkin Bee's birthday!
Her proper party was postponed a couple of weeks (so that family could find hotels nearby with available rooms), but today my mom took L and I out to lunch and then went nutsy cuckoo at Pottery Barn Kids with the spoiling of the Bee. I mean, check out this puffy dollhouse that opens up and has two floors! And Chloe doll with changeable clothes! And ooooohhhhhhh. How long have I been mooning over that chandelier/mobile?! And it was the last one.
That was just the spontaneous birthday extravaganza. She had already arrived with other toys, too! A fluffy adorable puppy, Golden books, a talking push-button phone...my kids are lucky kids. I'm a lucky mom (and daughter). I can't forget that.

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Date:2009-10-14 09:54
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It's snowing. Snowing!

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Date:2009-10-11 14:30
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Just bein' a bee in my natural habitat

Just hangin' out and bein' a bee.

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Date:2009-10-08 21:53
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Bullet points! Here's what's up:

- Went to physical therapy today and mostly talked about why I'm not feeling much better. It's almost certainly a herniated disc, and while I'm up and around, I'll turn or move slightly and feel like my leg is being torn apart. Today I drove with the L.Bee to the toy store in town (5 min away) and was ok until we got back in the car to go home. Commence growling and puffing and shrieking through the searing pain, gripping my leg with one hand and steering with the other. This sucks.

- The L.Bee turns one next week. No! Way! She helped me pick out some presents; I figure she'll forget about them by her birthday.

- The Owen Bean is just truckin' along in school. He's a really sensitive dude. We saw 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' and he spent most of the film hiding, curled in his seat. They're cartoon meatballs, dude! Ah, poor kid.

- It was our 7-year wedding anniversary on Monday. We had takeout sushi while sitting in bed and watching Nick Jr. with the kids. That's 7 years for you!

- Ohh, project runway is on.

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Date:2009-10-06 22:04
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I want to bring LJ back. Facebook has too many tiny universes to keep track of, Twitter's cute and fun, but a lousy conversationalist. Hey, winter's coming! What else are we going to do?

So, Halloween's coming. Owen was planning to be Ash Ketchum, an endeavor that was veering dangerously into obsessive cosplay territory. No, not the Ash from the original series, the newer one with the red and black hat. Not those gloves, the other ones. And the shoes...

Then, mercifully, he started playing a video game about tiny ninjas and decided a ninja costume would be acceptable as well. Done and done! Clearance costume from the mall, $10. Not spending every night for a week sourcing puffy vests and trucker caps - priceless.

And no, I did not yet tell him about the sweet-ass pretend katana set I bought him to wear with it. Would you want to be ninja attacked every morning for the next three weeks? Me neither.

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Date:2009-10-03 22:53
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Do I have to live here now?

Breaking the seal on autumn - first visit to the pumpkin patch.

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Date:2009-09-12 13:37
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So I learned something about myself this morning - I learned that I am not only mildly claustrophobic, but intensely, acutely claustrophobic. I figured this out when tearfully begging to be let out of an MRI machine - an 'open' MRI machine! - at an appointment that was supposed to help me finally figure out what is wrong with my spine and why I'm laid up with intense back (and now leg) pain that has kept me from getting around normally or feeling ok for months.

I needed this. I had to fight to get an MRI, and now I can't even go through with it. My only hope is sedation, but I'm not sure that will be enough to keep me from feeling that I've been buried alive. Augh, health fail!

Edit: Oh! I wonder if I can get insurance to pay for this one!

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Date:2009-09-09 13:30
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Bring it!

First grade, b*tches! BRING IT!

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Date:2009-08-16 22:25
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Hello, frog friend

A frog friend, schlorped onto our front door this evening. Nature everywhere! Horrible, horrible nature!

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Date:2009-08-14 22:23
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Pardon me, sir, but there's a woodchuck in my sandbox

Sad woodchuck longs for the beach vacation he'll never have.

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Date:2009-08-13 21:04
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Enough of this food stuff. We got back late from the Children's Museum, so we ordered Chinese delivery.
Anyway, baby alert:

(Golf claps)

Four tooths total, and some crawling, and a lot of clapping. Yay, everything!

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Date:2009-08-12 22:29
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And another thing!

It's the friendly neighborhood gang of hawks

We have this badass hawk gang that hangs out in the field out back. Here they are being completely freaky.
(click to get to a larger pic if needed)

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Date:2009-08-12 19:51
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Stuffed zucchini

Moar food! Tonight's side was stuffed zucchini, AKA 'artery-clogging bacon bombs'. No recipes, just wingin' it.

(Filling is the scooped zucchini mixed with panko, 1 beaten egg, salt, pepper, cooked bacon, and good parmesan, sauteed in a bit of butter, stuffed into slightly pre-baked hollowed zucchini halves until golden.

Served as a side to chicken breast with a dijon-tarragon cream sauce, and steamed purple beans (which just turned green anyway).

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Date:2009-08-11 20:49
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Fun with farmers' market shopping All roasted up

I'm trying to be better at farmers' market cooking. Buying more vegetables, trying new things, putting more effort into side dishes, cooking better meals more often, etc. Since last Saturday the fridge has been bursting at the seams with assorted produce, and tonight made a dent in that with purple cauliflower, romanesco, and zucchini roasted with olive oil, salt, cracked pepper, and parmesan. Romanesco is a funny little vegetable.
'Mmn', said the husband. 'Tastes like math.'

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Date:2009-08-06 21:21
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Date:2009-08-04 12:09
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This weekend we drove to NJ to spend time with M's family, then headed down to Baltimore from Saturday evening to Monday morning with his parents (and nephew) for a Red Sox-Orioles game and a trip to the National Aquarium. We stayed at a really cool hotel sort of inadvertantly, because most of the hotels in Baltimore proper were booked solid. The city was swarming with Red Sox fans - literally swarming. In fact, our 3 hour trip down took 6 hours because of all the traffic - a lot of which was Red Sox fans! On the Jersey Turnpike no less!

It was a fairly whirlwind trip and we didn't see a ton, but it was nice to do something different for a change. Even the trip back ( presumably a 6-hour trip that took 9.5 hours, gah!) was entertaining in a way. We always drive the same corridor down to NJ, etc, so weird and rural middle PA was a welcome switch.

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Date:2009-07-16 08:04
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Country livin'

It feels like summer hasn't really started yet, and yet it seems like it's almost over.

I've wasted two beautiful weeks puttering around the house and popping Advil, which sucks. I can get around slowly, but driving is no fun at all. I finally had to get in the car and go grocery shopping last night when M got home, and had zingy back twinges every time I step on the gas/brake. Not cool. I don't want to drive the kids around like this. :(
I really should have called the doctor days ago, but last time they told me to basically suck it up and wait, so what's the point? And now we've got family coming for the weekend, so too late. Complain, complain! Sorry. :)

Ok, children need breakfast...

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Date:2009-07-14 10:00
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Last night I put together a Martha-Stewart-for-Kmart console table (on clearance!) that works perfectly as a mini-desk for Owen's tiny room. It's only 15" deep, just enough for a flat-screen monitor, keyboard, mousepad, and not much else. Bonus - no room for clutter!
We also moved his bed to another wall, took out the play kitchen and other things he doesn't play with, and pretty soon he'll have a brand new 'big kid' room. The bedrooms here are so teeny. It's like a dormitory.

I have so many projects lined up; it's crazy. I have to finish painting the hallways a pearl grey (the downstairs hall is almost finished). I have to paint O's room a soft light blue. I have to paint the upstairs bath a sort of cafe au lait, and clean white trim throughout the house. Gotta paint that metallic vertical stripe in the living room. Gotta hang mirrors and bracketless shelves.

The problem with waiting until you can thrift accent pieces and artwork and frames and furniture is that you're never done. Still, I don't think I've bought anything for this house that didn't come dirt cheap from a garage sale or was on deep-discount clearance. Holla.

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Date:2009-07-09 20:37
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High-falutin' Pikachu art for O's room

I've been stuck in bed all week with a janky back. The good news is that I got a TON of yardwork out of the way this weekend...the bad news? I'm OLD. I've had to rely on my mom and M to bring food and beverages, lift and feed children, etc. Sounds relaxing, right? Wrong! I basically spent the week watching wall-to-wall Michael Jackson death coverage while whimpering and spilling food on myself while trying to entertain a baby within a 3-ft radius. Blah. Not the 'break' one would hope for.

I did manage to accomplish one thing - I took some high-falutin' b&w shots of the many faces of Pikachu to frame as individual 8x10s on Owen's wall - shh; I'm making over his room for his birthday, and he's getting a computer and a desk and new paint and such. I'm even going to load the computer with his favorite bookmarks, wallpaper, etc. He's going to spend a day/night at his grandparents' so the whole thing will be like a Trading Spaces reveal! Ah, he's going to hate it and wonder why we couldn't just buy him a crappy Sonic video game instead. Ah, well.

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