Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sharks or Jellyfish?

As I was tucking the kid in she informed me that she was "never going in the ocean again!"

And so I asked, "why?" Thinking to myself, darn, that's what happens when you let the kid watch shark movies.

However, it turns out Jaws is not to blame. Nope, the #1 thing to avoid in the ocean is seaweed. And jellyfish.

Always good to know. I did point out that I wasn't going to take her to the Caribbean if she wasn't going to go in the ocean. "No cruise for you!" Yeah. She has now reversed her position on avoiding the ocean. The ocean is now "good."

Friday, February 25, 2011

For my husband

He loves our cats. He loves to play with the cats with the laserpointer. I think he needs to try this new "sport"!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thanks for giving me a clue

I sent the kid upstairs to wash her hands. They were stained from all her work with markers. Quite disgusting to look at. I told her not to come down until they are clean.

Kid: This is going to take all night!
Mommy: Not if you use soap.
Kid: Oh. Thanks for giving me a clue... on how to do it.

Yeah. You're welcome. I thought I'd clued you on that four years ago when you were potty trained.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Now I want a pet turtle

I'm sure that I'm not allergic to turtles! And maybe it would take care of my cat "problem".

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Family Day Adventure

Yesterday was Family Day. And of course, since Hubby works for the Federal government he doesn't get the day off. So, it was just me and the kid.

And we went to Toronto to visit my sister and her little dog too.

Our "great" adventure consisted of the kid going on her first subway - actually she got to ride two subways! She also got to ride a streetcar for the first time ever. And we went to the Eaton Centre. Which was a zoo.

It made be realize that most of the kid's mass transit experience has been on monorails and airplanes. She's been on a couple of GO trains and a couple of bus rides but that is it. She truly is a child of suburbia.

At least we walk to and from school. Usually.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The upsell

I need to find a new waxer. For the last few months I've been going to a place near our house to get my legs waxed.

Every time they try and get me to add on an eyebrow wax or a manipedi.

This time I asked for an eyebrow wax with my half leg wax. The place I normally go for that is closed for renovations.

It seems they took that to mean that I was open to the upsell. For 30 minutes I heard about how I needed eyelash tinting, a facial or 20, Brazilian, manicure, pedicure and sugaring. Yeah, that did not make me a happy camper.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Real Life Shark Attacks

My dad told me about this video yesterday where you can see the surfer get attacked by two great white sharks in South Africa. And the guy (and all his limbs) survived!

I don't think the kid is quite ready for this one yet.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hating inanimate objects

The toaster I love and miss. Hamilton-Beach toaster-oven 2 in 1.
As I type, my right, index finger is still pulsing with pain while developing an increasingly large blister. Why? Because the kid wanted a toasted Pop Tart and I removed it from our toaster oven.

Growing up I had toaster ovens. Never a traditional toaster. Hubby had the reverse. When we got married we went the traditional toaster route. Way better for making toast but useless for anything else.

Several years ago we got an awesome toaster/toaster oven hybrid. When you switch a switch it becomes either a traditional toaster or a toaster oven. We loved that thing. Then the switch broke and I couldn't find a replacement anywhere.

So, we bought a toaster oven. And I hate that thing. I think this burn has pushed me over the edge. A traditional toaster will again reside in our house by the end of the week. I'd say the end of the day but I'm sick and trying not to spread the love. Or maybe I will be able to track down another 2-in-1 toaster. seems to have one!

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Reef

The kid is really in to shark movies. Knowing this, my friend gave me a copy of The Reef. Since I am not actually the worst mother in the world, I decided to watch it first.

That was a good thing.

It was based on a true story and - spoiler - most of the people die.

But I must say - if I'm stranded in the middle of the ocean being hunted by a great white shark - the last thing I am going to do is go over to my friend who is bleeding heavily after being bitten by the shark. Especially if I have no boat and am swimming. Isn't that just asking the shark to eat you too? Now, if it was the kid - yes, I would swim to her no matter what. But anyone else? Not so much.

Incidentally, I don't think I'll let the kid watch this one. It seems like it might be too believable. Let's stick to the cheesy shark films. Maybe Spring Break Shark Attack?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Funny blogs

Sure, it pretty much is filler when I share a blog that I enjoy. But, whatever. I'm going to do it anyway.

Funny site of the day is

It really makes you wonder how some people can make it through the day!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Can't walk and talk at the same time...

"I tried to talk but I had milk in my mouth. And it dribbled out."

Doesn't that pretty much say it all. And no, it was not me who forgot how to drink. It was the kid. And hubby was pretty unimpressed.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Worst. Valentines Day. Ever.

Well, not really. But I did feel a little bad for the kid.

After I picked her up from school she informed me that the cats had decorated our house while we were at work/school. Why was she so convinced? Because she had told them to. She also told them to make a cake.

Crap. And yes, when we walked in the house we discovered that no, the cats had neither decorated the house or made a cake. I was a bit relieved. Because all they had access to was cat food and the contents of the litter box. Now that would have been the worst Valentines Day ever!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kids are weird

I'm a scrapbooker. And I have been for almost 10 years.

Not surprisingly, the kid's life has been heavily documented. From the positive pregnancy test to birth to present day.

And yet, she still asked this question, "was I adopted?"

She knows her birth story - she came earlier than she was supposed to. She's been to the hospital where she was born and read all the stories in her scrapbook about how we found out, all her ultrasound pictures, and the story of the day she was actually born.

So, where did the adoption theory come from? It seems we may never know.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hackers are jerks!

I think I could just say that and be done. But I won't.

Instead I will pose the question, "Does it make you an awesome hacker if you can hack into a non-profit organization's website?"

Not so much. But they still do it. And I have no idea why. It must be for bragging rights. It's not like you can steal any money from our site - donations are made through a secure, third-party site.

So why do they bother?

I'm starting to think it might be personal.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Justin Bieber

Yesterday Justin Bieber's new movie came to theatres.

I asked the kid if she knew who Justin Bieber was. She said, "yeah." and went back to making her Valentines. But I persisted, "who is he?" I questioned.

"I dunno," she responded. "I heard some songs but..." and a shoulder shrug.

So, although she is a fan of Katy Perry, she isn't totally caught up in the whole pop idol thing. And that's a great thing!

Friday, February 11, 2011

The lost language

The kid has taken to babbling like a one-year-old. We're not sure why and it is a bit annoying. Sometimes the grown-ups can be heard to say things like, "English is your first language - use it."

But when directly called out on her babbling she insists, It's not nonsense - it's a lost language."


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It has been done.

My procedure has been completed. And once again, it wasn't that bad. I do remember it. And didn't feel great. But it was a heck of a lot better than any of the barium procedures I've "enjoyed" in the past.

Butt, hee hee hee, if your doctor wants you to have a colonoscopy. Just do it. The secret is to ask them to not skimp on the drugs.

And, of course, I have the best doctor in the world! When I told him that the kid really, really wanted to see a picture from of Mommy's insides. He asked me to write down my email address and I should get that within the next few days. I'm sure that will be the best "share" session ever!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Prep Prep Prep

I have a colonoscopy scheduled tomorrow. You'd think that I was dreading tomorrow. Sadly, that's the easy part. Tonight is the sucky part.

I have to drink all the prep. Which makes my stomach ache terribly and of course results in endless trips to the bathroom.

I much prefer to just lie on a metal table, high on various anti-anxiety medications. Ah, at least I have that to look forward to. ;D

Monday, February 7, 2011

I might just need these...

Sometimes I get cranky and crabby. I think these notes are awesome. Although I doubt that my husband would appreciate one of these after I snap at him for doing something - like breathing!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Community Helper

The Kid had to interview a Community Helper for school. Who did she choose?

Her uncle, the firefighter?

No. A firefighter came and visited her class a few weeks ago. We're not sure why that means she can't interview her uncle but she didn't want to.

Her Mommy, who has worked at United Way for over 10 years?

No. Although she thinks that the fact that I sometimes teach scrapbooking classes makes me more of a community helper than all my actual work on behalf of the community.

Her Daddy, the nuclear engineer?

No. I don't even think she considered that one.

She chose her Aunt who is a legal clerk. Not super obvious but I think it is cool that the kid decided all on her own that her Aunt was a community helper and the best choice for this assignment.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


I've been working a lot over the last week and a half. Actually I think I've been working at least 14 hours each day. We had a major event at work yesterday so things are back to normal.

But I was so tired yesterday. While I was working with the tech crew - and I've been working with them for at least 7 years so they do know me - when I said, "Oh, man - I really need some real Coke." I meant Coca-Cola loaded with sugar - none of that Diet Coke or Caffeine-free Coke (oh the horror!)

They were just shocked and wondering if I'd finally snapped. I cleared up the confusion pretty quickly! I'm pretty sure that at the next event they'll have a bottle of Coke for me.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

I've been watching the first couple of seasons of the show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. It's pretty good but I sure hope it isn't an accurate representation of life in high school these days. I certainly don't remember everything revolving around sex. Constantly.

Seriously, do these kids talk about anything else? Like band or drama or even, school? Nope, just sex. And there are all these messages at the end or the middle of the episode where the cast says things like, "the first time too many teens talk about sex with their parents is when they tell them they're pregnant" or "it may seem like everyone is having sex but most really aren't!"

Ummm, on that show everybody is having sex. Even the Christians that belong to the chastity club, etc...

I didn't know very many 9th or 10th graders that were sexually active. Or had SO many, many partners by age 16. Maybe one or two. Ah, whatever. It's entertaining. I love some of the super sarcastic characters. Probably more like the original 90210!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

More is not always better

Hubby and I really like Keebler E.L.Fudge cookies. We picked up two packages last weekend when we went to Buffalo. One package of the original "Butter Sandwich Cookies with Fudge Creme Filling in Elfin Shape!" and one package of the double-stuffed version.

I love the original. But the double-stuffed one's are so gross! Yucky! Hubby can eat all of those ones. That's for sure!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Kid has a blog

Sort of. I decided it was time to capture her opinions on popular culture. Since we show her all sorts of not really age appropriate movies - like Jaws 2 and Jaws 3. Both of which she prefers to The Princess Bride.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why didn't they give you a chance!

Hubby and I were very sad to discover that one of our new favourite shows was cancelled in December. The Good Guys was a great show set in Dallas. IMDB describes it as follows:
Jack is a by-the-book detective whose habit of undermining himself has resulted in a dead-end position with the Police Dept. His partner Dan, a drunken, lecherous veteran hangs onto his job only because of one heroic act years ago
It starred Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford and it was a great cop show. We loved it. They must have know that cancellation was imminent because the season finale worked really well as a series finale. Well done!

This got me thinking about other shows that didn't get a fair shot. Like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (which also starred Bradley Whitford) which went off the air in 2007.

I remember reading in the TV Guide in 1992 (this was before the Internet was mainstream) that three of my favourite shows had been cancelled. In the same photo caption. I wished it had been a joke. Those shows were also quite different: Nightmare Cafe, The Torkelsons and Eerie, Indiana.

Surprisingly The Torkelsons was rebooted in 1993 as Almost Home starring Britney Murphy. They also got rid of a bunch of the kids. It's like they never existed! Eerie, Indiana was also rebooted in 1997 as Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension.

I don't understand why Nightmare Cafe didn't also get refreshed. I thought it brilliant. Mind you I was only 15 and I haven't seen an episode in 16 years, but the premise was pretty good:
Frank Nolan and Fay Peronivic find themselves in a mysterious all-night cafe following a brush with death - but they soon learn that they did, in fact, die, and have been brought back to life by the cafe. Frank and Fay are given the opportunity to correct something in their lives that went wrong the first time, and upon their success, they stay on as the cafe's new cook and waitress. With the aid of Blackie, the enigmatic owner of the cafe, Frank and Fay find themselves dispensing hot coffee, daily specials, justice and second chances to the many imperiled and troubled souls that the cafe is somehow able to attract as it travels from place to place.
Of course I also loved SeaQuest. But that actually aired for three seasons so it doesn't belong here. I know where other shows but I'll save that for another day. Maybe.

Goodbye, The Good Guys, you really were one of a kind.