Friday, November 30, 2007

Blog material just FALLS into my lap


You're not going to believe this.... I am going to a pole dancing class tonight. That's right. And I am SO not the pole dancing type...

My sister-in-law called yesterday and said she is throwing a spur of the moment bday party for one of our sorority sisters who I absolutely love. And it just so happens that it is a pole dancing party. We will have drinks (I suppose to loosen us up) and learn some moves. Mr. Sasha is intrigued, as you must imagine. One of my co-workers told me yesterday, "If you play your cards right, you may not have to get Mr. Sasha a Christmas present after all."

So stay tuned, I am most positive I will have some interesting stuff for you.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Oh, and Santa

You totally don't need to get me this, cause I just ordered it for myself using my Amazon rewards!!!!! Yay!!! One of my favorite shows EVER!

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In the span of 5 minutes

1. The Wild Child took off her diaper and PJs pants and put on a pair of The Politician's car undies. If there weren't so many Pervy Perversons out there, I'd snap a pic for you cause it's actually pretty damn cute.

2. The Politician managed to lock us out of the shower/potty area of our bathroom. And we don't have a key to that doorknob.... And an after-hours locksmith is somewhere north of $100, and I know this because I have had to use their services before.

Ya'll, I can't make this shit up. It's just that crazy at the Sasha house.

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SHIT (So Happy It's Thursday)

I almost forgot one of the funniest parts of the Nativity Scene Hunt- we also found the angel driving the Little People ice cream truck, I suppose in case someone needed a frosty treat on that wonderful night.

Last night The Politician was helping me sort laundry out of the dryer, and he saw his Christmas PJs that he had worn for the picture the night before (yes, I did laundry again, told you I love it!). He said, "Hey, I think I'll wear those again tonight because I actually looked pretty cool in them last night."

Rebecca, you can probably get a better deal on the shoes anyway ordering directly from Piperlime yourself. They have free shipping and free returns, and of course since you are a Bargain Boardie, I am sure you are registered w/ ebates and can get a little rebate there. If you aren't..... see my link below! (I'm shameless, aren't I?)

Oh Rebecca, I just looked and they are out of 6.5s at Piperlime! I haven't sent them back yet, but I would need $53.75 (what my mom paid- $50 plus tax) plus whatever it would cost to ship them to ya. Leave me a comment and let me know!


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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Just a few things

1. So I'm breaking myself of nose spray today. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. I simply can't take cold meds because they make my stomach feel icky. So it's been a few weeks and I know it's time to go cold turkey. Last night was the night. It's so hard because Afrin is the Most.Awesome.Thing.Ever. I go through this same cycle every time I get a cold. Mr. Sasha gets all mad when he sees me using it, but I always tell him, "I always stop....."

2. After reading a post from Tina, we got our Little People Nativity Scene out on Monday night, and against my better judgement, we left it out within reach of The Wild Child. After I hunted for missing Baby Jesus for 20 minutes last night, I had Mr. Sasha look and he found it in a bag of clothes I had set by the door to return to a friend. Good save, Mr. Sasha.

This morning we were cleaning before the cleaning lady comes, and I noticed that not only was Baby Jesus missing yet again, but also Mary and Joseph. Mr. Sasha found them in the play room when The Politician was playing with his fire truck before bed last night. Baby Jesus was up in the bucket, and Mary and Joseph were in the front seat, with Mary serving as driver. See, he's pretty smart- Baby Jesus saving the world and all and Mary and Joseph getting him there.

3. I finally decided that I think I will order my cards from Snapfish- my favorite online photo site. There are a few good codes right now- GOCARDCRAZY for 20% off, and AFFORDER30 for $30% off $30 or more. AND I will also go through ebates, because they offer 10% back!

Here's the sign up info if you haven't signed up for ebates yet! (If you do ANY online shopping, you totally need to sign up!)

Through December 31st, 2007, Ebates has new bonus: I tell my friends about Ebates and we each get a Holiday Bonus: $10! Just sign up through this link. They just sent me a check this week, and I've gotten back over $150 since I signed up!


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By George, I think we got it!



Things just work better when you don't push it. We spur-of-the-moment decided to put the Christmas card PJs on the kids after baths last night. They were in good moods, so we stuck them in front of the tree and I snapped about 20 shots. Above is the best one, and I think we'll just consider it done and use that pic. They are both happy, clean, and pretty damn cute if I do say so myself. If we tried again, it would just be a nightmare and I'd have to do a "Merry Freakin' Christmas" card because they'd be so pissed off and would certainly cry.

So, done! Now I just need to decide how to have them printed up......


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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

So what do you think?

Shoes came today. Yes, I did have them shipped to me instead of my mom- cause I've got a strange foot that can vary from 5 1/2 to 6 1/2, so I had to order 2 sizes to see which one fit (the 6 did).

I switched the laces from blue to brown and I think I like them better. They are kinda retro, which I am not, but I think they are cool. But what do YOU think? I don't want to be all nerdy and weird and a dork to boot, so just let me know if this is a bad fashion decision. Still have time to find something else for mom to give me for Christmas!

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School pics



Holy crap, I just figured out how to get this copyrighted pic on here!!!! Of course, I'm not trying to do anything illegal, just show you guys how precious my little hellions are. The pic turned out pretty cute, especially since it's was taken at school. Phew, that was hard work, but I learned something new today, so go me!

On another note, I totally played the Santa Card yesterday, and told The Politician that it's very important to be good because Santa is watching and really wants him to be a good boy before Christmas. I stayed away from "If you are bad, you'll get no presents!" but I guess I implied it.... He was being rascally this AM and after I got on to him, he said, "So Santa is watching?" "Yep, buddy, he sure is...... Better etch that in your memory."

So I guess after Christmas, it's the Easter Bunny I can use?


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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Right now Mr. Sasha is....

plunging the toilet in our bathroom because The Wild Child put an entire roll of toilet paper in there in less than 10 seconds.

And we just discovered that she also unrolled the entire roll in the other bathroom, although she stopped short of putting it in the bowl and left it in a nice pile on the bathroom floor.

And I probably kept her bottom half dressed about 45% of the time today.

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The Politician is Just Like Momma

Today I was cutting up a banana for The Wild Child, and The Politician said, "Momma, will you please move the banana away from me? I can smell it and it's making me sick."

I was telling Mr. Sasha this story, and he said that P said this to him on Friday: "Daddy, please move that orange away from me, the smell is making me gag."

I myself absolutely cannot stand the smell or taste of bananas (except for banana Laffy Taffy), although I have NEVER said that out loud or in front of P. Somehow, he's picked up on it though, and I feel terrible about that.

So go ahead and give me the "My kid won't eat fruit and it's all my fault" bead for my Bad Mommy Vest.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

OMG Ya'll

I can't keep The Wild Child dressed today. I have found her in various states of undress, mostly the bottom half being what she's shed. And it's frakin' cold today.

Midday, I switched to Dora Easy Ups, and that was a huge mistake because she can take those off even faster.

I have terrible visions of her pee-peeing all over my furniture so I've spent the day chasing her around trying to re-dress her. Anytime I mention the potty, she sweetly says "No......" so I don't think it's potty-training readiness causing the nakedness. I think she just wanted to be nekkid. And difficult. And contrary. And cause me to say, "Yep, this baby-making factory is officially shut down."

Calgon.....

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Shopping (shoe success) and parties

Believe it or not, two sorority sisters picked my lazy ass up at 4:45 am yesterday morning and we shopping until 3 pm! I actually just went to get a visual on this crazy Black Friday stuff, which I got a super taste of at Wally World at 5 am, and I figured if I found some good deals while I was out, that would just be a bonus. We had a super time, lots of gossiping involved and also some yummy eating and bargain hunting.


Now, this wasn't a bargain, but The Politician loves My Friends Tigger & Pooh, so when I saw this DVD, I had to get it for him, and of course I gave it to him yesterday, because it's a Christmas movie, and you can't really give a Christmas movie as a Christmas gift. I think he's watched it no less than 5 times already. Score 1 for momma.

I found The Holiday for $3.98 at Target! That was actually for me and not a gift, so I don't guess I was off to a very good start! I swear I've only seen about 4 or 5 movies since P was born in 2003, but this movie and also Love Actually were on my list to pick up this year.

And here's my shoes!!!!!!! Someone had suggested ballet flats, but since I'm only 5'2", I just don't think I can carry off flats and be dressed up. So I found these, which are an awesome compromise because they are actually a ballet flat with a little heel!!!!! They are made by Franco Sarto, who I have never heard of, and they were damn near $80, but hey, I am done. I tried on several pointy toed pair, but OMG, that broken toe is going to be a problem for me for the rest of my life. Just couldn't even smash that toe in there.... I guess that's what 4 swirls gets you.......
Last night was my niece's 4 year old birthday, OUTSIDE at 6:30 pm, and even though it was 80 degrees last Sunday, winter is finally here so it was below 40 last night. We bundled up the kiddos and continually wiped snot from their noses. They really did have a good time though, but the cake may have had something to do with that.
Hope you all had a great holiday and ate too much! I ate a bunch of Neiman Marcus bars for you. Did you make some?

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

8 Interesting/Random Things About Me

Rebecca just tagged me, so here goes.

1. I must wear socks in bed because I cannot have my bare feet touching the sheets.

2. I can tap dance and remember how to do all the times steps, the buffalo, pull backs, wings etc.


3. I suck at history- don't know who fought in what war, etc. I also pay no attention to politics. I figure there are plenty of people out there taking care of it for me. Please don't judge me.

4. I am a math whiz. Love me some algebra.

5. I love wearing my contacts and my eyes actually feel better with them in. When I take them out, my eyes are very dry and hurt and I have to put drops in them about 5 times during the night.

6. I cannot wear lipgloss because it bleeds so bad into the lines around my mouth.

7. I must blowdry my bangs before I do anything else to get ready in the AM because I have a cow lick that makes them crazy if they dry on their own even just a little bit.

8. I absolutely love doing laundry. Best chore ever, seriously. Sometimes I want everyone to change their clothes just so I can start the washer.

I tag my dearest Kate, who I certainly did not mean to leave out last tag. And I also tag Hello Darling, whom I adore and she might just be my BFF if we lived closer together.

Oh, and a very Happy Turkey Day to you all. May you eat too much and get to take a big nap today.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Seems like

The Politician (while pushing on my thigh): Momma, it seems like your leg is a little squishy......

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Dear Santa


Please? Found here. Don't forget to go through ebates first!

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Break Time

Gotta take a little break from the company budget... so, courtesy of a myspace bulletin....

I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments.. what is it?
1. Produce: grapes
2. Bakery: Lofthouse cookies
3. Meat: pork tenderloin
4. Frozen: Phish Food Ice Cream
5. Dairy: Raspberry low fat yogurt

Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?
1. jeans
2. short sleeve T
3. Saucony tennis shoes

If I was to listen in on your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
1. Probably.....
2. Actually....
3. So.....
4. Really?
5. So how's that going for ya?

So, what 3 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood?
1. drink a nice cold can of Coke while I am getting ready in the AM
2. check my yahoo email
3. hug my kiddos

We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?
1. running on my treadmill
2. reading Us Magazine
3. shopping at Target
4. blogging/reading other blogs
5. painting my fingernails (I haven't done this in 4 1/2 years!)

We are going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?
1. baby Gobi monkeys
2. fish
3. elephants

You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on t.v. of your choice. You can pick between 4, so what are you deciding between?
1. Oprah's Favorite Things (It's on tomorrow, and the only day of the year I watch her!)
2. The Office
3. Ellen
4. American Idol

You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?
1. Phish Food
2. Smores
3. Cookies and Cream

Somebody stole your purse/wallet…in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?
1. green comb
2. little black notebook with password hints
3. Blackjack
4. anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
5. bottle of Imodium from recent stomach virus

You are at a job fair, and asked what areas you are interested in pursuing a career in. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 4 careers would be fun for you?
1. Nail tech
2. Being Kristin on Eonline
3. Attorney
4. Music talent scout

If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 4 things, what would you say?
1. Never drink and drive
2. You are damaging your skin with all that sun worshipping and tanning bed visits!!!!!
3. Respect your parents a little more
4. Don't turn your head upside down and spray the hairspray all around your face and cement it with a blow-dryer

If anyone cares to continue this... I tag Hello Darling and In the Mind of a Thirtysomething Mom

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I think I may gain my 10 pounds back this month


.... because I am all about the sweets during the holidays. Who I am kidding, I am all about the sweets everyday and could probably live off sugar. Only sugar. Really.

The Sasha family will be heading to the lake on Thursday for TG because my mom's side of the fam is getting together at my Aunt and Uncle's marina. Should be fun, although the forecast shows that the high will be 41 that day, unlike the 81(!) that we are having today. Yesterday, we were all outside in shorts and Ts raking up leaves. And then in 4 days it will be 41.....

Anyway, I am totally making my prize-winning Neiman Marcus bars, and I think that The Politician and I will whip up a batch of Holiday Pretzel Treats one night this week. He loves doing these and it really is a good treat for kids to help with.

I also plan on finally letting The Wild Child have a taste of chocolate since she's almost 2, so she'll even get to try them this year. I know I am the craziest mom ever, because even though I can't get my shit together in my daily life, I have managed to hold off on peanut butter and chocolate until both kids had their second birthday. I have nutty skin issues, and both kids have had eczema and lichen straitus (google it- weird stuff) so I figured waiting on PB was the way to go. Only time will tell.

Holiday Pretzel Treats from Family Fun Magazine

Salty pretzels combine with sweet chocolate for these fun treats that make a yummy gift few can resist. (In fact, you may want to make some extras for yourself!)

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
Bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels
Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug
M&M's candy

1. Heat the oven to 170ยบ. Set a number of bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug.

2. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates feel soft when touched with a wooden spoon. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M's candy into the center of each Kiss.

3. Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Place handfuls of the candies in clear plastic bags and tie on colorful ribbons.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Crazy Saturday

So I ran my Turkey Trot this AM, and did pretty well, considering I've been coughing up stuff resembling small pine cones all week. I also got a terrible stitch in my side and had to walk for a bit several times, but still came in at 30:13 so I am excited. It was a nice, cool morning and I wore shorts this time, so no cussing Mr. Sasha at around mile 1 for making me wear pants.

Mr. Sasha talked to The Politician this morning, and he assured him that he was up for running the Lil Gobbler Dash so Mr. Sasha brought the kids up to the race site after I was done. I thought it was going to be a go, but P got a little stage fright and only made half a dash..... oh well, we'll try again later.

I just got back from dinner with some sorority sisters I don't get to see very often, and it was awesome. I had two Italian Margaritas, so so so good. Lots of reminiscing about crazy days and crazy things we did and all the times the fuzz let us go with just a warning rather than drag us in. I just took half a phenergan as a precaution against insomnia- I need some sleep! One of these days I know I will run out of excuses and also run out of phenergan....

Check out my awesome header made by Jennifer on my birth board! I love it and it is exactly what I had in mind. Thanks Jennifer!

One quick add: I live in a part of the country where it's not uncommon to run both your A/C and your heater in the same day... we are talking about 30s and 40s at night and 80+ during the day. Today was one of those days. Nuttiness I tell you. I wore a short sleeve T, jeans, and wedge sandles to dinner. On Nov 18. Hmmph.

Oh, today I went to Target to search for shoes to wear with my new jeans, and I came up empty handed. First of all, before I began my search, I should have totally told you that I have broken both pinky toes in the past (yes, due to alcohol, shut up) and I have a rough time with the really pointy shoes..... Help please?

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Ebates Holiday Bonus Offer

Through December 31st, 2007, Ebates has new bonus: I tell my friends about Ebates and we each get a Holiday Bonus: $10! Just sign up through this link. They just sent me a check this week, and I've gotten back over $130 since I signed up!

https://www.ebates.com/refer-a-friend/signup/holidaybonus/index.htm?id=26179778

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Stopping by the office for a bit


I've been in a mind-numbingly boring CPE session today- if that damn CPA wasn't so hard to get in the first place, I'd totally say screw the CPE, but I don't EVER want to have to study like that again. So I'm stopping by the office for a minute on my way to get the kiddos, and of course I have to blog for a bit before I check the alarmingly tall in-box on the corner of my desk.

First, Mr. Sasha texted me this morning and said that The Wild Child really only bit twice yesterday- the other two times her "shadow" teacher stopped her before it actually happened- fab news! They were supposed to call us today if she bit again, and with no phone call as of 3:49, maybe we are in the clear (knock, knock). I gave her a dose of Motrin this AM for good measure just to ward off any cranky-ness.

20 bucks you are wondering what's up with the above pic- well, it's a darn good thing I am numbed by Lexapro, because old-Sasha would have simply freaked out when she saw that SCORCH MARK ON HER POTTERY BARN BEDSPREAD. New Sasha just said, "Huh, what the hell? And how can I fix that?"

All I can figure is that on Wednesday morning when I was frantically cleaning before the cleaning lady came (yeah, yeah, I know) my curling iron must have still been hot when I set it out of the way and on my bed. That's all I can come up with...

Two super nice ladies on the bargain board suggested that since it is patchwork to begin with, I can just have a new patch sewn on that section, and as luck would have it, I do have an extra sham I am not using, so that will work perfectly. Except I don't sew....

Anyway, I was super-proud of my reaction and how I didn't lose it. I love modern medicine!

Tonight Mr. Sasha and I are taking advantage of Parents Night Out at our church and going out to dinner and using my gift card to Salt Grass that I won in the dessert contest with my rockin' creation. And tomorrow is the Turkey Trot and hopefully I can beat 30 minutes again, although I'm not counting on it since I haven't been able to run in almost 3 weeks because of the mysterious stomach issues and the subsequent cold that I caught. Then a bday party for The Politician to attend, Girl's Night Out with some sorority sisters.... A fun weekend ahead, and surely there will be some blog material in there somewhere....

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

News

Well, I got third place, which I was pretty excited about until......

We went to the TG dinner at the school the kids go to, and the assistant director stopped me and said The Wild Child has bitten FOUR times this morning! Three DIFFERENT kids.... I am just sick at my stomach. I don't know what to do. I think they are going to suspend her, and I think that's probably the right thing for them to do. I just don't know how we are going to swing it.....

She said she would see how she does this afternoon and tomorrow and then decide......

I just went from top of the world to bottom of the heap in 10 seconds flat.

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Two Step Round The Christmas Tree



It's my own damn fault, but The Politician is all into the Christmas spirit and we'll be listening to the above album for the next six weeks. This album was purchased by a very drunk me after a Suzy show in 2000 in Annapolis in a little bar I can't remember the name of and re-found last Christmas and played a million times because P loves "Two Step Round the Christmas Tree".

I'm not a huge country fan, although I live in an area of the country that means that type of music is pretty unavoidable, and truth be told, I'm OK with that. Actually, I'm a mean line dancer, if you can picture that. I'm stellar at the Tush Push, although it's been a few years. And, to tell you even more, I actually wore Rockies and Ropers quite a bit since we frequented C&W bars in college.

It's really quite a good album, and we've got the cutest little family tradition where we pump our fist in the air on the "Cotton-eyed Joe" part of the two-step song. Go here to listen to a snippet and I think you'll like it too.

In the spirit of ClemsonGirl, here's some lyrics for ya: (Can someone tell me how to do single spacing?????)

Cause a Western girl, can't be still

And a silent night is not for me

Roll back the rug so we can

Two step 'round the Christmas tree


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Get In Your Car Right Now

and go to the store and get the ingredients for:

Neiman Marcus Bars

Absolutely, hands-down the best thing I have ever tasted. I am somewhat famous for this dessert, and am asked to make it often by pretty much everyone I know. I made them for a dessert contest at work today, and I'm telling you, if I don't win, the contest is rigged. I saw the other desserts, and they are crap compared to my pan of heaven.

Anyway, here's what you need:
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Deluxe yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter (I use Parkay)
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 oz block of cream cheese (I use Philly 1/3 less fat)
  • 1 box powdered sugar (I think it's 16 oz- but it's the box, not the bag)
  • glass pan (this is very important- must be a glass pan)

Combine: 1 egg beaten, 1 stick melted butter, and cake mix. Pat stiff dough in 9X13 pan that has been sprayed w/ Pam.

Combine: cream cheese, 2 eggs, and entire box of powdered sugar. Pour this over dough.

Bake at 350 degrees 30-40 minutes, until top is golden brown. I let them cool and then store them in the fridge.

If you don't make this for your Thanksgiving dinner, you'll be sorry.... you'll be sitting there at the table, thinking, "Hmmm... I wonder what I'm missing since I didn't make Sasha's Neiman Marcus Bars? I totally should have gone for it! This pumpkin pie is really nothing special...."

Seriously, just do it. You can thank me later.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Is Anyone Keeping Count?



... of my transgressions? Because I earned another bead for my Bad Mommy vest this morning.

When I was dropping The Wild Child off, I heard teacher #2 say to teacher #1 "Do you want to mention...."

And then teacher #1 said, "Hey, we've figured out why The Wild Child is taking her shoes off all the time."


Me, in my head: What? She takes her shoes off all the time? I did not know this....

Teacher #1: Yes, her shoes are way to small. Her toes are getting smashed and are very red when she takes her shoes off. They are just way too small.

Me, in my head: OK, OK, I get it. I'm the worst mom ever for not noticing that my kid's shoes are too small. Please don't keep going.

Me, out loud: No problem, I have the next size at home, all ready to go. Her toes must have grown overnight, because Mr. Sasha and I sure didn't notice! Do you need me to go home and get them, or do you think it can wait until tomorrow?

So I ask you, dear blog reader, am I really the worst mom ever? Because I'm seriously starting to think so....

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Stellar start to the day, ya'll

Holy hell. What a morning. Just dropped the kids off, fixing to turn into work, do a curb check. (A year later and I'm still not very good at maneuvering the family van.) As I am pulling into my spot, I notice the steering wheel is shaking a little and the Fan is pulling to the right..... Yeah, flat tire.


So I call Mr. Sasha, who I must tell you was totally fab about the whole thing. He came up here, and after I so sweetly reminded him of the "rightsy tightsy, lefty loosey" rule, he put the spare on and off we went to Sam's. And here we are two tires (the other front one needed to be replaced also) and $180 later.


So that's all I got for you right now. Except to tell you that The Wild Child is behaving oh-so-well. Yesterday was a banner day- the assistant director found The Politician's spare blanket that was missing for 6 weeks and I saved a bundle at CVS and even met a bargain board mommy there. Random.


Hope this day turns around. I have to time for crap today!


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Monday, November 12, 2007

Fun Lunch Hour

Crap, that was fun. I FINALLY went to the chi-chi boutique to spend my $150 gift card that Mr. Sasha bought me almost 2 years ago. He knew I had always wanted some pricey jeans, but he was crazy enough to get me the gift card when The Wild Child was 6 weeks old. What was he thinking? Only people like movie stars are back to their pre-baby weight in 6 weeks.


So now that she's 22 months old, things are back to normal and I feel like I am at the weight I want to be. So I headed over there... and walked out with some Paige Premium Demin boot-cut jeans. ClemsonGirl, I really need your help! I need to get them hemmed (read: get 15 inches hacked off), and I need to figure out shoes before I can do that. My fashionability is all on your back. Specs: I like somewhat of a heel since I am only 5'2"....... I just don't look right in flats. Smooches for your help!

Note: I did edit this- the original pic I posted was not the correct style, and it made it look like I might think I have the abs of an 18 year old, which I assure you I realize I do not. I am totally not into rocking the muffin top, don't worry.


On another note, have you had Sugar Plums? I got some at lunch because my favorite candy store just got them in stock. Every year around Christmas I go buy a bunch of these yummies and stuff myself silly and turn my tongue nice and purple. Go get some if you have never had them! They'll make your holiday season brighter, I promise!

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Just call me

...... Mommio. Or at least, that's what The Politician is calling me these days. I assume he's being all Squirrel Nut Zippery and that's just his version of "Daddio", but who knows.

Also, he was giving me a Spanish lesson yesterday and telling me that he wanted to put on his "pantalonas", which I am 100% sure I didn't spell correctly, but he appeared to be talking about his pants.

And hey, does anyone want (need!) to apply for a Gymboree Visa? I've had mine for a few years, only to get the 5% discount on their clothes, and I also use that card exclusively to gas up, and I use the rewards to buy clothes on the clearance rack. They so kindly sent me a $25 off $50 coupon last month and I used it to buy The Wild Child bee-u-tiful Christmas dress in red plaid.

Anyhow, they are evidently offering a $20 sign up bonus if you sign up and use my referral code: 100 035 040. Here's the app:

http://www.gymboreevisa.com/cgi_w/cfm/credit/gymboree/refer_a_friend.cfm?ics_src=54000

In the spirit of full disclosure, I would also get a $20 bonus... but it's the holidays, and don't you just feel like giving?

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

My kids say the funniest things

This weekend, any time I have coughed, The Wild Child has looked at me and said "Ah choo!". Believe you me, it's been a million times. I did find out on the bargain board that someone's kid was prescribed phenergan for coughing, so hey, there's another excuse for me to take it and drug myself to sleep tonight.

Also, today The Politician started saying, "If you don't mind, I'd like to....." and "If you don't mind, why don't we...." and on and on. I bet he has said that 10 times today. I'm super glad he's being polite, but WTH?

Crazy kids......

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Ebates Double Bonus Offer

It's Christmas shopping time, and if you haven't signed up yet for Ebates, now is the time.

It's Double Bonus time, which means you and I BOTH get $10 if you sign up through this link and make a purchase through ebates. I have gotten over $120 back since I signed up.

www.ebates.com/doublebonusoffer/index.htm?id=26179778

Let me know if you have questions! It's super easy and you still buy from all the stores we love, like Gap, Old Navy, Sephora, etc.

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Woo Hoo!!!!

Another no-bite day for The Wild Child!!!! Fantastic.

Note from The Politician's teacher: "The Politician had a difficult time listening to his teachers today and was very hyper."

Yeah, yeah, you just got a taste of my every day. I'm always wondering why he is so good for the teachers (aside from the mashed potato incident) and so disobedient for me. Good to hear he's spreading it around. You go ahead and work on that, cause I'm not having much luck at home.

Last night before PTO I ran by TRU and picked the extras (nursery, washing machine, sink) for the Rose Petal Cottage for WC for Christmas. I'm going back today because they were out of the free baking set when you buy the cottage itself, and since I'm all about the free, I didn't buy the cottage yet to see if they get more baking sets today. It looks precious, but Mr. Sasha is going to be all kinds of pissed off at me because you gotta put the shit together. Who am I kidding- I'll end up doing it, just like I did The Politician's train table when I was 1 week away from delivering WC. He may be pretty to look at and a great football player and salesman, but he sucks at putting stuff together.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Good news!

So The Wild Child had a fab day yesterday and did not try to eat any of her friends. Yay!!!! Maybe we are getting through to her.... We'll see how today goes, but I am hopeful that she will be a good girl.

Political Funny: This AM I was drying my hair in the bathroom and I heard Mr. Sasha talking to The Politician, who had just woken up, in our bedroom. I also saw the lights go out in our bedroom, which usually happens when P walks into the room, because he doesn't like bright lights in the AM.

Mr. Sasha: Politician, go ahead and go to the bathroom and Momma will help you wash your hands and brush your teeth.

P: No, Daddy, my eyes aren't ready to go in there yet!

As for me, I just got back from a super-exciting (really!) meeting about a music festival that I am helping organize here in our town. I am so pumped because I so miss the music scene. Since we became parents, our nights out have disappeared, and that just sucks because you used to be guaranteed to find me on wherever there was live music and beer on Saturday nights. But those days are long-gone...... Anyway, the festival I have been dreaming up for the past few years is actually going to happen. Only this is we have too many chiefs--- we had to make some executive decisions this morning and just get it done.

And tonight I have a PTO meeting and then dinner out with two moms I have gotten to know through the school- fun! I miss my social life, and it's been nice to meet some new people and make some new friends. And drink a little beer.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Politicial Funnies

Note from school yesterday:

"The Politician had a happy day, but was sent to the office for putting mashed potatoes in his hair and his friend's hair at lunch."

Also, I was telling Mr. Sasha all about my Christmas card picture plans, which involved the cutest PJs from Baby Gap that I got for a great price with yesterday's special discount and free shipping, ebates, and using a $10 reward certificate (rose for WC and green for P). I so badly want to do the "Sorry Santa, we tried to be good!" pic with them eating Santa's cookies in their Christmas PJs looking sheepish.

The Politician was horrified, and said, "No, Momma, that would hurt Santa's feelings! I don't want to do that picture!"

And all the explaining (It's just a joke! Santa will think you are hilarious!) couldn't convince him, so it looks like we'll be back to the 'ole two kids sitting on the fireplace picture. Me and my grand ideas.....

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I'm Healed!!!!!

I finally feel back to normal!!! Yay! The doctor who prescribed the Lexapro called back me yesterday to see how I was feeling. He agreed with the nurse smoking crack who didn't think it was the Lexapro making me sick. He thinks it may have been food poisoning. And since I have no idea what I ate two Mondays ago (fried cheese? Taco Bell? Lean Cuisine pizza?) I guess we'll never know.

Just to tell you how good I feel, this is what I've eaten this morning:

  • can of Coke
  • Halloween pack of Skittles
  • Halloween pack of Nerds
  • 100 Calorie Nutty Bar
  • Yeast Roll

So, yeah, back to normal. But that was a long damn 2 weeks. And I didn't lose a pound. WTF?

WC update: Yes, she bit again yesterday. I emailed the parent of the child I thought it was (since she was telling on herself and saying his name when I would say something about biting). The mom was very kind and said she understood that some kids just do this and thanked me for emailing her. When I picked up the kids after work yesterday, she stopped me in the parking lot and invited us over for dinner! So that felt good that they totally don't hate the Sasha family and aren't campaigning for that 1 week suspension that I am holding my breath waiting for.


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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Stripping yet again

So last night Mr. Sasha went to check on WC before we went to sleep, and it's a good thing he did, because the little turkey was nekkid from the waist down, sleeping soundly with her butt up in the air.
She had taken off:
  • Robeez
  • socks
  • PJ bottoms
  • diaper

Someone told me that they used to put their child's diaper on backwards with the tabs in the back so they would have a harder time getting it off. We'll try that tonight and see what happens.

And I'm guessing it's about time to start potty-training since Saturday night I couldn't keep a diaper on her just running around the house.

I'm totally not ready for potty training- I don't mind diapers at all because there's no mess factor. The Politician reluctantly potty trained at age 3 and that was fine with me, because it only took a week since he was older and understood what was up.

Of course, I just bought 4 giant boxes of diapers at Target when I found a good deal. I should have known better......


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Monday, November 5, 2007

What A Day



So I've been chasing WC around tonight reciting passages from the above literary classic.
When I got there to pick her up today, turns out she had just bitten her friend A about 10 minutes before because he was on the rocking horse she wanted to get on. Holy crap! We just can't catch a break. The assistant director was awesome and told me how nice it was that Mr. Sasha and I are very concerned about the situation and want to be proactive. She assured me that they know this is a stage that will pass. She also offered the above book for me to take home for a few days.
And...... I totally think she's getting it! As soon as she sees the book, she says "No no bite!" So cross those fingers, toes, and whatever else you got and let's see how tomorrow goes.
Health update: Turns out my brilliant brain flash was not so brilliant. The nurse at the hospital hotline I called didn't seem to think that was the cause- she said I've been on the meds for too long to just now have this reaction. Then she got all crazy and said I needed to go to the dr tomorrow and TAKE A SAMPLE IN A ZIPLOCK. Plus I needed to keep it in the fridge before I go, you know, to preserve it. Lady was smokin crack right there at the hospital- that just ain't happening.
And I'm also definitely not pregnant. To cover all my bases, I stopped at the pharm and picked up a test, that in about 2 seconds registered negative. Cool. Cause the alternative would not be cool, although it would be blog fodder, it might be the death of me. And Mr. Sasha. So phew.




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Oh no....

I just had a brain flash and I'm afraid my beloved Lexapro may be the culprit of my stomach issues!!!!!!! I did a quick side effect search on web md and found the cha cha cha and "feeling like you are going to throw up" listed on there.

Anyone have any experiences with this? I have emailed three friends who might know, and put in a call to the nurse of the dr who prescribed it, but alas, no one is available to help me!

I'd hate to have to stop taking it, but my lord, I just can't feel like this anymore.......

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Cross Your Fingers

.... that my little carnivore does not bite anyone today at school, because she may be bound for a one-week suspension if she does.......

Thanks to the ladies on the bargain board, I understand the situation a little better and understand that it just may be necessary to keep her out of the classroom for a bit to try to break the cycle, and to show the parents of the bitten kids that they are trying to do something about it.

But that doesn't help this working mom figure out child-care coverage for that week.....

So let's just hope today's the day that her behavior improves.

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Here ya go


Well the reunion was nice. Quite a few people came that I hadn't seen in a long time (like 15 years) so that was cool. H, if you are reading, wish you could have been there. The only sucky thing was that since I am still feeling crummy, drinking beer sounded like the worst idea ever and I know people either thought I'd found the Lord (always had the Lord in my heart, thank you, but I follow the "moderation" doctrine) or that I was pregnant (and I'm not that either, Tina) since I did not have a single drink of alcohol.

So about the pic above- how about those savage tans, big bangs, and off the shoulder dresses? I sported all three- you'll find me directly under the center of the balloon arch (nice arch huh?) in the black dress with my shoulder stuck out towards the camera. Good times.

Mr. Sasha is off to a football game and the kids and I are just hanging out. I just sucked down some more Emetrol and a got a new script for Phenergan, so I should be good to go. I think tomorrow's the day I'll turn the corner and be back to normal, although I've been saying that for a few days. But really, I feel it, it's going to be tomorrow.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

OMG, has it been 15 years?

So tonight is my the 15 year reunion for my high school graduating class. How has 15 years gone by?

Thankfully, I am feeling a little better this AM. I was a little worried that I planned this damn thing and wasn't going to get to go. Not sure I'll be drinking any beer- that sounds absolutely terrible right now, but that could be because it's only 10 AM.

I'll try to post a funny pic in a bit if I can get my friend K to do some blurring on it.

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