Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Why, a half marathon, of course!
I think I've already told you I'm pretty sure I have undiagnosed ADHD as I have the shortest attention span EVER, so this is a big stretch for me to think that I can do this. Right now, it's hard for me to imagine doing anything for more than 2 hours....
But I'm going to give it a try. I really think my audio book eureka moment was the best idea I ever had and I think it'll the answer. I am really enjoying listening to Shopaholic and Sister and already have Shopaholic and Baby on my itunes ready to go (thank you public library!) once I finish Sister.
So this is the plan I think I am going to follow to train for the half mary. I may shoot for doing one in the fall or early winter, hopefully with some of the girls on my relay team. (Come on girls, we can do it!) I think there's one in November in Texas (is that right Cory?). If not, then definitely next April.
Anyone on board with me? I need a "Training for a Half" blinkie!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I posted a little preview about the fabulous Hospitality House at Sea World a few weeks ago. And really, fabulous doesn't do it justice. I'm all about the free, especially free beer. And especially after I've been chasing my ornery two-year-old around the park for hours on end.
Now, the first cool part is that there is a bar in the front of the Hospitality House that you can get two free beers from and enjoy them in their large comfortable facility that is scattered with beer history and memorabilia. The second cool part is that you can also sign up for their Brewmaster's Club and get to attend an educational tasting of various beers and fruit, cheese, and chocolate.
Mr. Sasha and I signed up, although we did have to sign up separately since the kiddos weren't allowed in the Brewmaster area. He went first and came back refreshed and excited for me to get to go too.
So while I was waiting for the Brewmaster thing to start, I visited the bar up front and chose Shock Top, which is Anheuser-Busch's answer to Blue Moon. If you like Blue Moon, you'll like Shock Top.
Next, they opened up the Brewmaster Club doors and invited us in. They seated us in groups of four. I was seated with a girl who had just turned 21 the week before and a mother and daughter. Could have been totally uncomfortable sitting with 3 random strangers, but they turned out to be nice so it wasn't so bad.
An employee came and handed us a big menu and asked us to select 4 beers to try, which she would bring to us along with a tray of fruit, cheese, crackers and chocolate. Fun!
First, I chose Michelob Ultra Fruit, knowing that there are three different flavors and not knowing which one I would get. I'm just wild and crazy like that.
Next, I tried Tilt, which is a malt beverage energy drink. It was quite tasty, although I typically don't drink energy drinks. I figure I'm already medicated enough, no sense in adding additional things in my system. I get enough caffeine in my morning Coke.
I also chose LandShark, which I can't actually find any info on on the A-B site. After I ordered it I realized that I had already tried it at Margaritaville in Vegas (it's marketed as Jimmy Buffet's beer). On the plus side, I remembered liking it, so no loss there. It's kinda Corona-ish.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
After working an all-day music festival yesterday (I got to drink beer while I checked-in/wrote checks to bands!), I headed to bed about 10:30 pm.
After a mere 4-5 hours sleep, I picked up two band members from our headlining band who need to go to the airport (they hadn't been to sleep yet and made the Family Van smell like a tequila factory).
Dropped them off at the airport and headed to a hotel near the marathon site to meet my relay team.
A shuttle took us to the starting line and I ran my 10K at 6:30 am in a cold drizzle, but had a fab time of 1:01.
We decided to forego the marathon bus system and did the transportation from relay point to relay point in a car on our own, which started out stressful, but turned into fun and I had a blast hanging with 5 of my friends from college who I miss so much! We all joined our friend in crossing the finish line during the last leg! The announcer read our shirts, which had a little inside joke printed on them and it was so cool.
Got home and took a much-needed 2 hour nap. I am currently doing laundry (of course) and drinking my 2nd full sugar Coke of the day. Yum!
Articles in the local papers say the fest was a success and estimate 6000 in attendance!!!!!! And it went off without a hitch. Damn we're good. And cool, but you knew that.
Hope you had a good weekend yourself! Smooches!
Friday, April 25, 2008
1. I always have to have something on my feet. It can be flip flops or socks, but I simply can't be barefoot.
2. I drink 1 can of Coke every morning. Full sugar version.
3. I love classic rock and am pretty sure I was born 15 years too late. I am dying to meet Pamela Des Barres and have chatted with her numerous times in the late 90s.
4. I bite my nails, although I am always trying to quit. I go through cycles where I do a great job taking care of my nails and keep them painted, and then there are busy times like right now where I bite the dickens out of them because I don't have time to take care of them properly.
5. I am totally in the wrong career. I should not be an accountant, although I must say I am good at it. I should be in product development, marketing, or something with makeup!
6. I am a bargain shopper for househoold goods and food and even clothes, but I make up for that by being a Coach purse girl.
I would tag somebody, but since I have waited so long, I think this one has been around already!
Forget vajayjay. While watching My Name Is Earl, Mr. Sasha and I heard the best. phrase. ever. (uttered by Joy of course)
Undersmile. As in, "She uncrossed her legs and showed everybody her undersmile."
So let's start the new phrase on OBBC!
This will work great on Magic Cream threads.
Let's start a revolution!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
You know, the list of things bands need when they play. Like here.
We were under the impression that all riders had been X's out and sent back to the artists. However, this didn't happen with this particular band so we were working on what we could come up with off their list without breaking the bank.
30 towels, a bottle of Ketel One Vodka, various kegs of beer, certain food, etc. Crazy stuff.
But really not so crazy.
I mean, these people are away from home, and it's not like they have time or transportation to go to the grocery store before they play their set.
And even I have a rider (for when I go stay with my parents):
- 1 can of cold Coke per day, in fridge
- 1 package of frozen Pepperidge Farm Apple Turnovers
- bottle of Advil that is findable in their kitchen
- funny stories about my childhood
- magazines I don't subscribe to
- some type of alcoholic beverage, possibly a bucket of frozen margaritas
- general snacky food, some chocolate, some salty
Last night I did just that and after about 90 seconds, he said, "Momma, when are you going to get out of my bed? I'm really tired."
Broke my heart just a little. A preview of what's to come, I'm sure.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
So tonight was Haircut Night. He really does like it now because he gets 4 packs of Smarties to cajole him to sit still.
My favorite part is vacuuming him off when we are done. It's my own version of the Flowbee. I desperately wanted a Flowbee, and searched all over (OK, for 5 minutes online) only to find out it doesn't cut a buzz. So we just wheel the vacuum outside, hook up the attachment, and vacuum up all the hair! You're totally not dreaming, that's the brush attachment on the left side of the pic.
I was doing my normal Sunday afternoon good deal round-up (Super Target, Walgreens, CVS) and Mr. Sasha was reading the paper while The Politician watched some TV after his nap and The Wild Child finished her nap in her crib.
Mr. Sasha heard WC awake over the monitor, and P jumped up and said "I'll go in there!". Mr. Sasha was just about to stand up to go let her out of her crib, and all of the sudden P and WC came walking down the hall together!
She climbed out of her crib!!!! She's only 2 years and 3.5 months old! P happily stayed in his crib until 3 and I was hoping to do the same with her because I'm just not ready for her to be on the loose unattended.
Both of their cribs are the fab kind that convert to a toddler bed (with a little rail so they don't roll out) and then to a full-sized bed, so we can totally go the toddler bed route if it's time, but I just like her being captive right now. Does that make me a bad mommy? I'm just not sure I'll be able to convince her to stay in bed and go to sleep.......
Sigh.... I think I'll wait and see if she does it again. Maybe it was just a fluke?
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I ran 6 miles this morning in fab 50 degree weather with no wind- perfect running weather for me.
Went to 10 am soccer game.
Attempted to take the kids to lunch after the game, but got re-routed by a downtown parade.
Finally got to lunch and Mr. Sasha locked the keys in the car.
So we waited quite a while for a locksmith to come.....
And now we are at home- after dropping a $40 dollar locksmith fee.
For those asking, The Wild Child was great this week at school! They said she was a new child! Now, yesterday she did act like she was going to start to bite once, but her teacher caught her and startled her and she stopped. They then started using the tooth-brushing technique from the biting seminar, but since they don't have toothbrushes, they used some kind of long teething object that would reach her back teeth. She loved it and periodically asked for it by saying, "I need to chew my thing." So we see real promise in the new technique and the teacher is working on getting teether toothbrushes donated for 3 of the classrooms! Yay!
Still to come today: a birthday party at a local farm for P to go to, and some friends coming over for burgers/beers with their kids. And I may just meet a friend for margs at Taco Cabana after the kids go to bed. Cause I'm probably going to need it. I think we'll get a pitcher. Definitely, actually.
Just another crazy Saturday. Hope you have a good weekend!
Friday, April 18, 2008
First is Neutrogena's Sun Fresh in Fair/Medium ($10 for 4 oz). Oh, what a find!
Scent: Billed as "grapefruit/nectarine", which I'm not so sure about, but I will tell you it's not at all like some of the other tanners I've used. Leaves a very faint tanner smell, so faint you'll be the only one to notice, and that's only if you sniff your own arm.
Color: Fab!!! Perfect for me- I'm very yellow and this looks so natural on me.
Texture and drying time: No complaints here- in fact, it dries very fast and is very smooth-able. I loved putting it on.
Con: The fact that you only get 4 oz for $10 bucks is definitely a draw back. I could see myself going through this tube very fast.
Let me know if you try these and what you think!
In a nutshell, what they've found is that kids who bite are having trouble with sensory integration.
To help with that, they have discovered that if they pass out toothbrushes and have the children brush their teeth after breakfast, snacks, and lunch, they can reduce the biting by 85%!!!!! And for the children who are in that other 15%, if they are encouraged to brush every hour, they have a 98% success rate!!!!!
I talked to The Wild Child's teacher after my seminar (she was on her way into the provider version of the class) and this is definitely something we can try in her classroom. From what I understand, WC is not the only biter in the room.
Other suggestions from the seminar are to discontinue spill-proof cups and give more crunchy food to encourage the use of the back teeth. Basically, children who bite will benefit further development of their oral skills.
I am sure I said some of this wrong, cause I'm just an accountant, you know, and not a child development professional.
But I am so excited to have something to try and also to have confirmation that it's nothing that we've done (or haven't done) that is causing WC to have this behavior. Yay for me being a good mom after all!!!!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
There's a cute little pic of The Wild Child here at Top Momma and the more clicks The Wild Child's picture gets, the longer we will stay on there!
So if you don't mind, head on over there and click on the pic of her enjoying her birthday cupcake!
Turns out, she was using a different remover than me. I have been using the oil-free shake-up removers and they work great. Now, note that I also use a cotton round rather than a ball. Never had good luck with cotton balls.
Laurie (a Mary Kay consultant) left a comment a few weeks ago about her favorite remover, and I agree that it's a great product. I especially like that their bottle has a small opening that allows you to squeeze out just the amount you need rather than the wide opening that most of these type of removers have.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The Politician had to talk to the director in her office for calling his teacher stupid.
We are so happy to have The Wild Child back. She was so sweet to all her friends. She kept hugging her teacher Ms. Q and telling her she missed her.
Well, that's a reversal, now isn't it?
Something he said really spoke to me, and I hope that I can raise my children like this:
As a professor, I’ve seen how disruptive it can be for parents to have specific dreams for their children. My job is to help my kids foster a joy for life and develop the tools to fulfill their own wishes. My wishes for them are very exact and, given that I won’t be there, I want to be clear: Kids, don’t try to figure out what I wanted you to become. I want you to become what you want to become. And I want you to feel as if I am there with you, whatever path you choose.
Parade Magazine, April 6 2008, page 7
Monday, April 14, 2008
And when you go and say something like this, I'm still blown away by how down-to-earth and in-touch you are.
"My younger sister is my hero: She's a mom and an accountant for the state of West Virginia. She's able to juggle a job, kids, volunteer work and church, and she still manages to cook dinner every night without feeling bogged down. There are a lot of people out there who are literally heroic, but what she does counts too."
Glamour Magazine, December 2007, page 312 (yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that's not MLA)
Well, that trip just aged me 5 years. And I gained 4 pounds. But hell, we had a great time. Here's a wrap-up report:
- Number of times P asked "Are we there yet?" on the way there: 997
- Number of times we had to listen to the Wiggles CD on the way there: 2
- Number of times Mr. Sasha told P "No more Wiggles CD": 58
- Number of hours spent in the car on the way there: 7 or so
- Number of margaritas I had that first night on the riverwalk: 1 (but it was giant)
- Number of bathrooms in our VRBO rental: 1 (!)
- Number of bathtubs in our VRBO rental: 0
- Number of children given baths in the big kitchen sink: 1 (WC)
- Number of times we ate at the Mexican restaurant down the street from our rental: 2 (it was fabulous) (and it's 3 if you count Mr. Sasha's breakfast taco yesterday)
- Number of times WC fell and scraped up her knees: 5
- Number of band-aids she put on herself, me, and the girl behind us in line: 65
- Number of beers Mr. Sasha and I consumed at Sea World: a lot (and expect a whole blog post on that!)
- Number of hours the return home trip took: seemed like 10
- Number of my favorite stores I got to shop at on the way home: 2! (Coach and Ann Taylor outlets!)
And things WC said while in the car:
- I wanna go to San Antonio!
- I wanna go to Sea World!
- I want my shoes off!
- I want my shoes on!
- I don't want that!
- I want that!
- I wanna color!
- I want a snack!
- I want a drink!
- I'm wet!
P feeding the sea lions! He loved it and he insisted we do it again the next day. WC did not want any part of it.
Here is a pic of WC doing what she did most of the trip- run from us.
It was super fun and we will probably go back later this year.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Ash, you are in luck! (And you can call me Sash, by the way!) CVS has them on special this week (2 bags for $4 after ECB) so I picked up a bag of the Milk Chocolate, and also the Milk Chocolate with a Meltaway Center on Sunday when I was doing the Huggies diaper deal.
Now, typically, I'm not a Hershey chocolate fan. I don't particularly care for their plain chocolate bar, and don't like their plain chocolate kisses. The chocolate just tastes "off" to me. However, I do like some of their specialty products, so I was glad to try these, all in the name of product review of course.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I had to take her with me yesterday when I picked up The Politician, and his class was on the playground. WC's class was out there too, and her teacher came up to us and started crying, so upset that WC wasn't in school this week because of her behavior. It's been the talk of the school, I believe.
Wow. Such drama at such a young age. More to come, I am sure.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Mr. Sasha said she stuck her bottom lip out this AM when he told her she wasn't going to school, looked upset for 1/2 a second, then went and found her Elmo book and said "Read it to me!"
Yeah, cross your fingers that time with grandparents and mom and dad without Bubba around doesn't turn out to be The Most Fun Ever.
Sorry, no lylas from me today. I'm kinda meh. I mean, I do love ya, just don't feel pink and swirly right now.....
Saturday, April 5, 2008
See the pic above? There is this little insert in the bottle that allows you to insert your dosing syringe, flip it over, pull out just how much you need, flip the bottle back up, and voila! No mess!!!!!!
And if you ask super nice and bat your eyes a bit, they will even give you the inserts for your OTC meds like Motrin and Sudafed!!!!!!! Oh, it rocks. Best thing ever, and I totally should have thought of it.
Friday, April 4, 2008
So Mr. Sasha and I have made the decision to suspend her from school for a week ourselves. I am trying to call the director to tell her what we've decided, but she doesn't seem to have call waiting.... "I'm sorry that line is busy..."
Anyway, this is unacceptable behavior and we've got to do something radical. Six months ago and I would have freaked out about her being out of school for a week, but it's time for something BIG. Between my parents, Mr. Sasha's parents and sister, and the planned vacation we have for next Thursday and Friday, we've got next week covered.
Hopefully the school and the parents of the child/children she's been biting will appreciate our efforts. And most of all, hopefully it will break the cycle.
I think she'll be crushed Monday when The Politician goes to school and she doesn't. That's exactly what we are going for.
Cross your fingers it works......
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Christen, I am definitely not an expert, by any stretch of the imagination. I am a product junkie, however, and if you are wondering about a new product, there's a good chance I have tried it and have an opinion on it! Let me know what you think about the Two Faced products!
Here's the little bio blurb I wrote for A Million Little Glosses, the beauty blog I contribute to:
I'm 34 and grew up and still live in the Southwest, where it was pretty much all the rage to bake your skin (face and all) to a nice crispy dark brown shade every summer! As a result, I suffer from some sun damage, and of course some wrinkles, which may or may not have something to do with wearing contacts since 4th grade.
I have naturally light brown hair that I highlight the hell out of. Blue eyes. My skin is pretty combo and can have some dry patches from time to time. I'd describe my skin color as PDP (pretty damn pale).
I like a natural look but love to experiment with vivid lip colors and am partial to rosy stains with sparkly gloss on top.
I'm a self-professed product junkie. If it's new and pretty, I'll buy it.
Whether that was the reason, I don't know, but she had a fabulous day and didn't bite at all!
We are continuing the Motrin today too for good measure.
Plus the assistant director loves it when I brings meds with the Target dispensing system in it. Why didn't I invent that?????
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
One of my long-time faves (probably 15 years!) has been Clinique's Almost Makeup ($19.50). Sheer, lightweight, non-oily, this is pretty fabulous. I have relatively sensitive skin, and never experienced breakouts or extra oil while using this product.
It even has an SPF of 15.
I have always purchased the Light, which used to be the lightest shade- but it looks like they have even more colors available now so I'd probably stop by a counter and see what shade works best before I purchase again. If you can time your purchase with a GWP (gift with purchase), even better!
Application is super easy- I typically use a damp sponge. However, I have recently been using a damp foundation brush and like that as well and it seems more sanitary.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
The Wild Child was playing with another child in the playroom under the slide and bit the child on the head above her right ear. No other children were affected. The Wild Child sat in the corner, was told not to bite her friends, and apologized.
Also, right after I was discussing this with her teacher, The Politician said, "Momma, I ate some moon sand today, so I'll probably throw up tonight."