September 30, 2011

A to Z: All about me!

I stole this idea from a fellow momma blogger pal of mine, Amanda  @ 10 great years

Sometimes, It's ok to be about me, right?




A. Age: 34
B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate: DISHES

D. Dogs: Moose
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee

F. Favorite color: Green
G. Gold or Silver: Silver
H. Height: 5'7"
I. Instruments you play: Clarinet, Sax, Bassoon (many many moons ago)

J. Job title: Park Ranger

K. Kids: A, 8 months
L. Live: Moorpark
M. Mother's name: Marg
N. Nicknames: Meg
O. Overnight hospital stays: Just childbirth.
P. Pet peeve: Bad grmamar

Q. Quote from a movie: May the force be with you (and also with you)
R. Right or left handed: Right
S. Siblings: 2 sisters, Erin and Lauren

T. Time you wake up: 6:30
U. Underwear: yes

V. Vegetable you hate: Squash (...of course, A's favorite)

W. What makes you run late: Talking to my nanny!
X. X-Rays you've had: Teeth?
Y. Yummy food that you make: TJ's truffle brownies, banana bread

Z. Zoo animal: Galapagos Tortoise

September 27, 2011

I missed bedtime

I feel like a bad mommy.

I know it's only once, but it made me so sad to come home to a sleeping baby. I love bedtime, cuddling, smiles, kisses. I so want to swoop him up and hug and kiss him. But I know it is better to let him sleep. It is so hard to sit here and not go get him!

I miss my little guy.

September 22, 2011

Bored of NPR? me?

For the last 3 years, I have relished NPR time during my morning commute. I may hate the traffic, hate the driving, but I love my NPR time. I love their calming voices, dry humor and odd sports commentaries. It is how I get my news, how I know what is going on in the world, how I keep up with politics and worldly frustrations.

I feel like I have the voices of friends in my car every morning. I feel smarter. I feel connected.

But lately, I feel bored. The stories sound the same. *Except for the morning when they kept playing a random Aaron Brothers story about spray paint kits over and over on top of other news. That made me Laugh Out Loud continuously (nerd much?).

So I have been changing the station (gasp). I donate my $10 a month, I support public radio, I laugh over and over at "Wait, Wait...Don't tell me."  But, on my commute, All I want is good music. Upbeat, energizing sing-along music. That is how I need to start my day recently.

I feel like I am cheating on NPR (don't forget to donate to your local station!)...but I can't help it. My "me" time is now my commute.

I don't want the voices of NPR friends in the car anymore, I want to sing all by myself. No matter how bad it is.

September 20, 2011

Big boys sit in big carseats

A is 8 months old.

Time is going by way, way too quickly.

My baby is getting big.



He's Teething





Standing & trying to walk:



...and moving up to his big boy seat.




I can't take it! Make him stop growing, please?

September 19, 2011

All quiet

I am on the couch. All by myself.

A is fast asleep.

Moose is quietly sitting in the other room.

My darling husband is on a business trip.

I am sitting on the couch. I am eating sourdough bread and spinach and artichoke dip, drinking IPA (the husband hates it), watching a chick flick, and writing my blog. All for me. How rare it is to do things just for me these days?

Bread, cheese, chick flick, IPA, quiet = happy me

All is quiet :)

Mommy Monday - a week without daddy

Daddy has to go away for work this week. So it's just me and A, and poor sick Moose.

A got in the suitcase to hitch a ride :)
It's gonna be a long week. I wish I fit in the suitcase too!

September 18, 2011

Photography in October

I have always loved photography, but never seem to fit it in. Maybe this will give me a reason to pick up the camera everyday. Thanks to Staci at http://gatorette.blogspot.com/ for the idea! 

September 16, 2011

Fitness Friday - Fail

I was supposed to start exercising this week. I failed.

I have lots of excuses.

I cannot seem to actually get off my butt and exercise.

Help!

September 15, 2011

Book Review - Love in Mid Air

Borders is closing.

This is both good and bad.

I have always hated the evil big box bookseller, so good. On the other hand, for the short term, it means less buying options. Or really, less browsing options, so bad.

On our last family vacation, I took a few moments to steal away and browse the going out of business sale at the Borders near our hotel.

I bought "Love in Mid Air" for 50% off. That is what it was worth. I am glad that I didn't buy it at full price.



It was a quick read. I never found my connection to the main character, or even her connection to those she loved. The author was delineating the decline of a marriage, but never gave the marriage life to begin with..so the climactic end, not so climactic. The last chapter is by far the most imaginatively written, but not very believable. That is really all there is to say.

I hope the next book I read is more substantive.

September 13, 2011

Yogurt?

I have always loved dairy products. I am addicted to Kefir, greek yogurt, milk :)

So as I was looking into introducing A to yogurt when I discovered that you can make your own! I hadn't ever really thought of that as something even possible.

How much fun would that be? Now, I am a reasonable person, and realize that if I were to do this, I have two options...the cheaper, DIY option found here. Or I could buy a yogurt maker.

This could be so much fun. Any type of yogurt I want, adjust the tartness for me, for A. How much fun?

Now, yogurt is the source of my most embarrassing moment ever, so perhaps I should steer clear...but I am oddly drawn to the idea anyway :)

September 12, 2011

Olympics here we come.

A had his first swim lesson this weekend. He loves the water. Unfortunately we had to wake him ip from a nap to go, so he wasn't as enthused as he usually is...but he still had fun.

We figure, if we want him to get to the olympics, we have to get him started now! Is 7 months too early to start training? The average age of an olympic swimmer is 22.8 years. So he has 22 years left to train :)


September 11, 2011

Connections

I wasn't planning on writing about 9/11.

I have never felt connected to the day. I will never be part of the national patriotism that enveloped the country.

On 9/11/01 I was in Panama. I was a Peace Corps volunteer, welcoming a new group of volunteers on their first day in country. It was surreal. I was unable to watch the days of coverage that mesmerized and horrified the nation as I did not have a television. I went back to my village, and went on with daily life.

I have never understood the collective mourning since I wasn't here. I was not connected.

But this week, a funny thing happened.

As I listened to NPR recounting stories over the past few days. I was surprised to be crying on my way to work. I realized that being a mother has changed me. That the stories about parents losing their children hit me hard. That I finally had a connection with that day. I can't fathom losing my child. In one interview, a man had lost both his sons. He said..."I had them for 24 and 26 years" and went on to say how lucky he was that the last thing he said to his sons was that he loved them. It made the tears flow, and made me want to tell A how much I love him every day before I leave for work.

Losing a child must be the worst thing I can imagine. My heart goes out today to everyone that has lost a loved one, especially parents that have lost their children, a pain I cannot even fathom.

September 10, 2011

Songs I sing

I realize my lullaby repertoire is a little sparse...

To get my little guy to sleep, I sing a combination of the following:

"My Favorite Things" - The Sound of Music
"Doe, a deer" - The Sound of Music
"You are my Sunshine"
"Hush Little Baby"
"Silent Night" (yes, even though it's not Christmas)
"Sweet Baby James" - James Taylor



I'm starting to get bored of my songs, I am sure that A would appreciate something new in the rotation.

Any suggestions?

September 9, 2011

Fitness Friday

So when I got pregnant, I was training for a 10k.

Now, I can barely find the time for walking at lunch. But I signed up for a 5k in December.

I'm running the Santa to the Sea 5k on December 11. That means that I will have three months to train. Hopefully that will be enough. I plan on checking in on Fridays to update you on my progress. Keep me honest! I need people to make sure I actually do this, or I won't. I don't know why I can't self motivate, but I really can't. So please, make sure I get off my butt.

I was also thinking about this Turkey Trot - it's always good to walk off the dinner!

Until next Friday...


A in the jogging stroller that has yet to go on a jog!

September 8, 2011

Keeping a happy house

Sometimes keeping a happy house means knowing when to give up.

I still think I can do it all, work full time, be a wonderful wife and mother, cook, clean...you know, everything.

This weekend, while the whole family was sick, it became clear that we needed help. That while I can work and pay appropriate attention to the human members of the household (poor Moose). That the cleaning aspect has been lagging. My wonderful husband has been doing the lion's share of the cooking and picking up, but the real deep cleaning, well, we've been trying.

So we gave in. We decided to hire someone to come clean. And clean they did. Four women came yesterday and moved like whirlwind through the house. Cleaning, scrubbing, vacuuming and basically doing what I haven't had the time (or will) to do in way too long.

So I am thankful to that we were able to afford this. I am thankful that I don't have to scrub the house this weekend and I am grateful that my house will remain happy :)

September 4, 2011

My garden

Highlight of the weekend = 2 carrots from my garden.


I've only been able to harvest 1 cucumber...lots of lettuce, strawberries and a couple tomatoes. There is something very cool about carrots however. You don't see them growing, and then suddenly you check and pull them out and can't believe they were hiding there. First time for carrots, but not the last.

I can't wait until I have my new amazing planter boxes. I am thinking tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, pumpkin, cucumber. Any other ideas? Corn, potatoes, cabbage? So many options, so excited.

I can't wait!



September 3, 2011

My weekend = no fun.

Everyone in the house is sick.

Everyone has something different. This sucks. Being sick is one thing. Being sick with a sick baby is an entirely different world.

Poor baby, poor mommy, poor daddy. At least the Moose isn't sick!

Let's hope tomorrow is better...


September 2, 2011

Weekend Plans~

We had all these wonderful weekend plans...but a sad runny-nosed baby trumps them all.

Hopefully we will at least -
1. Unpack from last weekend
2. Do the laundry!
3. Go grocery shopping
4. Straighten up the house

This seems simple...but we shall see!

Sad baby

There is nothing sadder in life then a sick baby :(

A got his first cold. His little nose is running, his cheeks are rosy, he just seems sad. Poor little guy isn't feeling well. I know it will happen (again and again and again)...but I had hoped he wouldn't get sick for awhile. The danger of playing with other kids.

I hope he gets better soon, poor little one.


September 1, 2011

2011 Bookworm Challenge


Basically...I am going to challenge myself to read 30 books by the end of the year. Before A - piece of cake, now, not so much...

Any suggestions would be appreciated!


1. Love in Mid Air - Kim Wright (finished!)
3. Dogged Pursuit (finished)
4. Moloka'i (finished)
5. Honolulu (finished)
6. The Descendants (finished)
7. Expecting Adam (finished)
8. Crossed (finished)
9. Linger (finished)
10. Shiver (finished)
11. Forever (finished)
12. Superbaby (currently reading)
13. When did I get like this? - Amy Wilson (finished)
14. I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President - Josh Lieb (currently reading)
15. The Widower's Tale - Julia Glass (currently reading)
16. Bright from the Start - Jill Stamm
17. It's a Boy - Andrea Buchanan
18. Boys Should be Boys - Meg Meeker
19. The Courage to Raise Good Men - Olga Silverstein & Beth Rashbaum
20. Smart Couples Finish Rich - David Bach
21. The Truth about Dogs - Stephen Budiansky
22. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat - Hal Herzog
23. The Gastronomy of Marriage - Michelle Maisto
24. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
25. Operating Instructions - Annie Lamontt
26. The Wild Trees - Richard Preston
27. Leading Outside the Lines (reading)
28. Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl - Susan McCorkindale
29. Roughing it in the Sandwich Islands - Mark Twain
30. Just Let me Lie Down - Kristin van Ogtrop (finished!)



Tasty Thursday - need help menu planning!

My goal for the week. Plan ahead. Find menu planning options.

One thing I have done in the past...Dream Dinners. These are places where they have all the ingredients out, they tell you how much to put in plastic bags, and then you mix them, and freeze them. They are pretty good, easy but very pricey.

Another thing I have done is join a CSA and get a box of veggies for the week...but we just can't keep up with the sheer number of veggies.

So what do I do now? As a working mom, I don't have lots of time, I want to eat healthier, I want to provide my family with food that is good for them. I need help! Please?

I do get some great veggies from my garden (yum, strawberries!)...but not enough to change my eating habits...


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