Friday, February 29, 2008
First, we are taking The Wild Child for a photo shoot (doesn't that sound better than sitting?) for her 2 year old pics (shut up- I know her birthday was two months ago).
Then the whole fam damnily is off to the 4 year old soccer game, where I am sure to spend the whole time chasing The Wild Child and keeping her from interrupting neighboring soccer games.
After that, or maybe during that, I will surely need a beer or three.
Also, I am totally rehabbing myself starting right this very second from The Spray (Afrin) so I may need me some moonshine to get through the withdrawal. Coming off of it is a bitch, but it's my favorite remedy to the common cold, so it's a necessary evil.
I'll let you know how it all goes. Or if you don't hear from me, you'll know it didn't go well.
I got my package on Monday, and had grand plans of taking a fab pic to post ASAP with my excitement. But, just as things normally go for me, it did not go as planned. I kept forgetting to bring my camera to work, then I forgot the stuff the next day, then I had to eat the candy bar because it just looked SO yummy.... Basically, I just suck.
But then I saw the above pic of the goodies on Carrie Lea in the City and I asked ohsosweetly if I could snag her pic! She was a dear and gave approval!
- An NYC post card
- CD with "Hello Darling Chill Mix"
- An Aero bar, a British (of course!) candy bar that was delish
- Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker
- and 5 precious buttons, my favorite being "Sephora is my motherland"
Thanks Traci Anne! It was so fun to open!
So now I'll share the love and make up little goodies packages for three of my awesome readers! Just leave a comment and I'll stick you in the drawing I will do Sunday night at 9 pm CST. Fun!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tall White Hot Chocolate, no fat, with whip.
Did I do that right? Delish. I'm turning into ClemsonGirl and may just be their best customer now.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I first completed the plan after the birth of The Politician in 2003 and was able to get 10 pounds below my pre-baby weight. I ran my first 5K in April 2004 with a time of 34:30.
I had to take a break from running when I got pregnant with The Wild Child in 2005 and had another difficult pregnancy. In fact, I had to continue to take blood pressure medicine until she was 5 months old, and that wore me out so bad that I didn't take up running again seriously until late summer 2006. Once again, I turned to the Couch to 5K.
My most recent goal was to get below 30 minutes in a 5K. I did that twice in 2007 and was so proud!
I have a few 5Ks I'll be running in this spring, and in mid-April I'll be running my first 10K as a leg of a marathon relay I am doing with some of my college sorority sisters.
I've been working on distance recently and am up to about 4.5 miles. In March I want to take it to 5 miles, and by the beginning of April be consistently running 6 miles. Yay me!
So how is it going for you guys?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Above is a picture of the hemangioma on The Wild Child's arm at 5 weeks old. I wasn't thinking this was going to be that big of a deal, so I actually don't have any pictures from earlier in her life. It started flat and light red, but you can see by this time, it was raised and getting dark. The part in the middle that is purple is the part that was soon to ulcerate (break open). This when I realized I needed to start taking weekly pictures to document the rapid growth.
WC's H is most likely a Superficial Hemangioma (formerly called Strawberry Hemangioma) because it is located in the surface of the skin. They are characterized by a bright red color with a well defined border. These lesions may vary greatly in size, location and shape.
PickleLovingPrincess, you mentioned a Deep Hemangioma (formerly known as Cavernous Hemangioma), which is often larger than a superficial lesion. They are located beneath the surface of the skin and are characterized by a bluish lump or mass. They are generally soft to the touch.
It is possible that WC's was a Combined Hemangioma or Mixed Hemangioma, both deep and superficial. These may appear as a lump or mass in the skin with areas of red. They are often soft. We did not, however, have any testing done to see how deep it went so I have to assume it was just a Superficial.
This picture was taken at 17 weeks of age. The ulceration was at it's worst now, but beginning to heal. This was a stressful time for us- the ulceration was very painful and although we were fortunate that her H wasn't on her face as most of them are, but it was still in an area that was easily bumped (imagine threading those little arms into a carseat.....), which would start off a 2 hours crying spell because of pain that Tylenol didn't touch.
We also had some clothing issues because anything with a wristband was a problem, so I had a difficult time figuring out what to do about winter PJs.....It was at this point that our ped finally agreed that we needed to see a specialist. Up until now we were told "We don't do anything for those, just wait them out and they will go away on their own." (oh-so-wrong I would later find out....) To make a really long story a little shorter (you can email me for the long version if you'd like) we found a doctor in a neighboring state who was a pediatric plastic surgeon who specializes in vascular anomalies. He let us know that even if the H fully involutes, she will still be left with a cosmetic deformity because of the significant scar tissue that formed because it was an open wound for so long. So our plan at this point is to do a scar revision surgery after her third birthday.
This picture was taken when she was about 18 months old. The area in the middle that has a different texture is the scar tissue.
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Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Last night we went to eat at Pappadeaux and DAMN it was good. I had my usual, Jumbo Shrimp Brochette, and of course a Pappadocious and also a Swamp Thing. About 3 AM I was wondering if that was such a good idea, but it all turned out all right. I need to try to remember that I am not 21 anymore and more than one strong drink is usually not a good idea.....
I've been meaning to post a recent pic of The Wild Child's hemangioma. I took this last month, and yes, that is my leg on the left side of the picture holding her down. She's a rascally rabbit and hard to hold still. Her arm looks great these days. I was telling Mr. Sasha we probably need to schedule her appointment with her plastic surgeon since they have a 3-4 month wait for appointment and they want to see us something this fall before her revision surgery next January.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
As for NLP:RD, today is Trash Terminating Thursday--More clean up with a focus on organizing and purging.
I do need to do a little clean up tonight before Mr. Sasha and I leave town tomorrow for our Very Special and Romantic Post-Valentines Weekend Away From The Kids. To be fair, Saturday morning is non-couply since he will do some golfing and I will be meeting a friend for shopping, but the rest of the time, it's all romance. My ILs are coming to our house to keep the kids, and I guess I should make my home look a little bit like I clean every now and then, although I'm sure P will sell me out.
At least I better vacuum up the large pieces food under the table and such.
P: Momma/Daddy, if you let me do _______, I'll let you come to my birthday party.
Mr. Sasha: Well, I gotta tell you, I'm paying for that party, so I'll definitely be there.
Since then P's proposed trade has changed a bit.
P: Momma/Daddy, if you let me do _______, I'll let you pay for my birthday party.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
When I first read her blog post about her New Life Plan, here's what I said:
Shit. Are you serious? I can't find a legal pad in this mess. I do have pens, lots of them. All over. Maybe I can just write it in Word on the computer. But can this be co-related to making my kids behave and making WC stop biting? Can I do NLP: Raising My Kids Better At Home So That Daycare Doesn't Kick My Kids Out? That's my biggest concern right now. Lexapro has taken care of the rest.
Anyway, I thought about it overnight and I imagine it would be good for me to attempt the program. I can certainly use some self-improvement.
Today is Work it Out Wednesday, when you are supposed to "solve big problems like organizational dilemmas and annoying shit like taxes and important phone calls."
In the annoying shit category, here's my plan for WIOW: Stop eating crappy. I am starting right now, at 9:35 AM. I say that because it was just an hour ago that I washed down my breakfast of yogurt with 5 girl scout cookies. And a handful of Skittles. And it's annoying to me that I have to stop eating crappy, because I really love it. It's just a hassel to have to eat health-ily. So I think it totally qualifies as annoying shit. Why can't I be 16 again and eat and drink whatever I want and not gain a pound?
So there you have it- my plan for WIOW. I'll let you know how it goes. Taxes and important phone calls are put off until next week- is that OK?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
P was freaking out claiming he needed to leave the room because the smell of WC's clementine was "gagging" him. (And really, I think it was. What's that all about?)
WC was standing up in her booster, with her t shirt up around her hair like a turban, busy disobeying my instructions to sit down.
This morning I asked the morning teacher about it and she said in all her years of teaching (12!) she has never seen a child do this. Normally, the bites in the 2 year old room are realted to something territorial or aggressive. But WC, no, she is trying to help the teacher. She's enforcing the rules.
The teacher was wonderful about it and assured me we would get through this stage, but OMG what am I in for if WC is breaking new ground in the teaching field????? She'll be notorious.......
Monday, February 18, 2008
A few weeks ago when we picked WC up from the nursery at church, the teacher said she had been saying something over and over again she couldn't figure it out. I got her to say it a few times to me, but it might as well have been Chinese because I couldn't make heads or tails out of it.
I forgot all about it until she started saying it again yesterday. Luckily, P translated for me: "Ice cream truck's in trouble!"
We have a Little People ice cream truck and P likes to tow all his vehicles with his tow truck and pretend trucks are stuck in ditches, etc. That must be what this is all about.
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Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I just keep on vacuuming.
All of the sudden she runs in, saying "Toe!" and pointing to her toe. I think she's hurt her toe somehow, but she says, "Come on, Momma" and takes my hand, so I follow her.
Outside of my bedroom, I can see the pantry door open. On the other side of that open door I find........
Friday, February 15, 2008
Yesterday my work had a chili luncheon (which I passed on by the way, and Mr. Sasha took me to Pei Wei instead- yum!) and of course we had a dessert contest.
Hoping to better my 3rd place showing from the last dessert contest, I made my Sopapilla Cheesecake and hoped for the best. I got 3rd place again, which is totally OK, and I chose Salt Grass Steakhouse for my $15 prize gift certification.
I must tell you that when Mr. Sasha and I came by to eat dessert after Pei Wei, I was accosted by no less than 8 people on my way in the door who asked me for the recipe and went on and on about how tasty it was! In fact, there was only a small portion of a corner left when we got there! And 1st place was still sitting there, with only 1 slice gone... I'm just sayin'.
So without further ado, here's the recipe:
- 2 packages cresent rolls
- 2 packages 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp cinammon
- 1/2 stick butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
Mix cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar. Set aside.
Press 1 can of cresent rolls into 9X13 glass pan sprayed w/ Pam.
Mix 1 cup sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese. Spread on top of rolls. Lay the other can of rolls onto the mixture.
Pour melted butter over rolls and sprinkle w/ cinammon sugar mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
In fact, it's a two-person job, that involves one person imobilizing said child while the other works on prying the eyes open and hoping that one of the drops you toss in the general direction of her eyes will somehow make it in that little tiny slit you manage to make.
And then when you pick up your child, there's a note on their daily sheet that says, "The Wild Child did wonderful when we gave her the eyes drops today- she stood perfectly still and it was very easy!"
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
So without further ado, notes from March 2008, in page order.
- Clinique has a new product out called Even Better Skin Tone Corrector. I totally have to try this! (They don't appear to have this product on their website yet and there are no reviews at Makeup Alley either.)
- Multiple contests to enter at www.glamour.com/contest.
- New perfume by Tommy Hilfiger called Dreaming that is fab! I never wear fragrance because I have a weird thing about getting sick from smelling the same smell for any length of time, but I rubbed this one on my wrist and it's totally doable! Happy V day to me!
- My bangs are totally in style- it's called the Birkin Bang. Evidentally, they are "sexy, brow-grazing bangs". Who knew?
So that's pretty much all you need to know. Unless you got lots of time on your hands and want to read the whole thing for yourself. Go for it.
As for me, I want to pass it on to all the gals on the C25K Bandwagon! Go check them out- they are all on my C25K blogroll to the right. All super girls who are taking an awesome step towards getting in great shape! I love checking out their blogs and seeing how running is going for them.
So let's do another C25K check in! How is everyone doing?
I've been training for my first 10K in April, and the past two weeks or so I've been running 4 miles and it feels great! I'm so ADD that I do get bored towards the end, but with Big Brother starting back up, I'll have some more reality TV to watch while I run!
Monday, February 11, 2008
What are you waiting for? Tell your Mr. I am sorry.
Also, a little bit ago, WC managed to get ahold of Mr. Sasha's blackberry and not only called me on my cell, she also called my office number. Don't know how a 2 year old does that, but I may just have a technological guru on my hands.
I am planning a Sephora order in my head because there was a whole section devoted to lip stains in the new catalog I got Saturday, and I LOVE lip stains. I'll let you know what I decide.
Someone asked about DSW. It's a shoe warehouse that just opened it's first store in our state. Maybe Discount Shoe Warehouse? Don't know, but my three new flip flops are Tommy Hilfiger and cute.
Also, someone mentioned that it won't be flip flop weather where they are for a few months. See, here's the nutty thing about where I live. It can be 80 one day (Saturday) and then 24 the next (Sunday). Really. We were out in shorts on Saturday afternoon, and today we are going to get freezing rain (frain). So I should have quite a few flip flop days mixed in with my snow boot days.
So that's what up with me. How's things with you?
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Go check it out- she put my nail routine on there today and she's got some great reviews of other beauty products too. And you know how I like to over-buy beauty products just to get to the free-shipping threshold, so you know there's more to come......
'Bout time she spreads that around. I get tired of hearing how well she sleeps at school since I have to read 500 books, lay 5 babies, a bunny and a piggy in bed with her, cover her with three blankets, put her Dora house shoes back on her 9 times, pry quarters and other small objects from her paws, and do a jig just to get her to lay down. Go ahead, WC, shows those teachers the same love you show Momma.
- painting my nails (both finger and toes)
- picking up the last of the FARs at Walgreen's
- running twice (Sat and Sun)
- picking up some paint samples for the bedroom (thanks for suggestions!)
- researching blinds for the bedroom
- having Mr. Sasha wash the Fan since I am deathly afraid of those automatic car washes that move you down the track
- cleaning out my pantry and throwing out anything with 2004-2007 expiration dates (scary, huh?)
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I am currently obsessed, thanks to another blogger, in changing out all my wall and switch plates with ones like the one above from Target. I did my bedroom already and they are so pretty! Now I need to order some faux wood blinds and paint and the room will be gorgeous. Did I tell you we've lived in our house for over 7 years and still have not repainted the mint green walls yet? We are super lazy about that kind of stuff.
So any deals on blinds? I've got four giant, practically floor-to-ceiling windows that currently have nasty metal blinds on them that I'll need to re-do. I also need to pick out a color to paint. I'm thinking a taupe or something light and neutral. I also will need somewhere to go for a weekend so I can let Mr. Sasha paint in peace since I would drive him crazy with my OCD-ness and we would certainly file for divorce after the experience. It's just best that I'm not there.
Oh- my new glasses came in yesterday and I love them! They are Coach Hilary in dark brown and I feel so hip and cool, although I know that glasses can't magically change the fact that I am pretty uncool and not very hip at all. Still, I've got a little spring in my step today and I think I'll wear them for a few days before I go back to my contacts.
Going to Taco Cabana for lunch, they have Pineapple Chipolte salsa again!!!!!! My friend and I stalk them and flip out whenever they have it on the salsa bar, which is a few times a year. We ask for a super big bowl because those little plastic cups just don't hold enough. I could drink it. Seriously. I like it more than margaritas.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I'm thinking, holy shit, this is it! She got picked!
I'll be damned it if wasn't CVS. Which was still a fab call, because they totally hooked me up with some extra ECB since my receipt printed blank the other day during the sickness debacle, but I was still crestfallen.
It was almost like the time I was 8 and ice skating for the first time and watching this lady give some young girls lessons and they were just so pretty, and with my Dorothy Hamil haircut and all, I just knew I was destined for greatness on the ice.
And before I knew it, the lesson lady was skating my way- she had something to say to me!!! I was sure she was going to ask who in the world I was, where I'd been, and why wasn't I taking lessons, because I was olympic-bound!!!
Turns out, I needed to leave the ice because it was time to re-ice the damn rink.
That's the story of my life.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Anyway, it's a Fox Reality show, but the first episode is on my local UPN affiliate at 8 central time tonight.
Watch it. Report back. I am pumped.
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Sunday, February 3, 2008
Like we gave him Gatorade, which we never buy, and he said "Oh, like I had when I went to Six Flags", which was 18 months ago.
And last week I was cutting a plum for The Wild Child and he said, "Momma, remember when you held me on the ground and tried to make me eat a plum?" Yes, I totally did this because I was so frustated that he wouldn't eat any fruit, and I am totally embarassed that I let myself do something so nutty, but, OMG this was over 2 years ago.
And today, he came up with this, which I transcribed since I was already at the computer:
The day that I went to the dentist and he said my teeth look good, then DD splashed her car through a lot of water, like 140 pounds of water, then she went to the place where they get air back into cars. The tow truck helped her. Then I bonked my head with a soccer ball when DD came to my house after her car was in water.
Holy shit ya'll, that actually happened, in that exact order, but last April.
I am freaking out a little.
I was telling him what a big boy he was, and he said, "I know, feel my muscle."
So I felt his bicep and he told me to make a muscle too. I did.
He felt of it and said, "Hmmm..... momma, yours is a little squishy."