Friday, May 24, 2013

Seven Quick Takes: Some things I love; some things that annoy me


--- 1 ---

As I type this, I am eating a little cup of Graeter's ice cream that Scott got for free at work and brought home for me. It is seriously some of the best ice cream I've ever eaten, even having been melted and refrozen as a result of its ride home on the bus.

My husband is pretty awesome, isn't he?

--- 2 ---

I think this site (full of pictures of authentic Victorian houses) is pretty awesome, and it has been clogging up my tabs for a long while, so I am posting it.

(I kind of want to live in this house. I wonder what it looks like on the inside.)

--- 3 ---

Who here has their dominant ear on the same side as their dominant hand? Or, perhaps I should rephrase. Who here answers the phone using the same side as their dominant hand? Everybody I know is right-handed but holds the phone to their left ear. Somebody (I think my mother) pointed out that OBVIOUSLY, if you do it that way, you can use your shoulder to hold the phone to your ear and still write stuff down. That's all well and good, but I seriously can't process phone-sounds when they are coming at my left ear. It hurts my brain.

I don't know why I thought of that now; I just did.

--- 4 ---

I am irrationally in love with the fact that when you make a link in Blogger, it asks, "To which URL should this link go?" PROPER GRAMMAR FTW!

--- 5 ---

My total grocery spending for April was 197.98. I can put the cone of shame back. At least for now.

(Yes, I am VERY behind on balancing the budget. It's been one of those...years...over here. Seriously, I think I've been tired since January.)

--- 6 ---

Here is a picture of Matthew mopping. He finds mopping VERY EXCITING. Also, he is so cute I want to pinch his cheeks or something.


--- 7 ---

My camera is still lost, but my pea plants are still undead. They're pretty pitiful and spindly, but they have FLOWERS on them now, so if I can nurse them along for a few more weeks maybe I'll get a few pea pods to munch.

Also, I seem to have succeeded in killing all the bugs with nothing but water and dish soap! Go me! (I am very inept at keeping plants alive, but I am also several orders of magnitude larger than the bugs were, so it was not really a fair contest.)

(Updated to add: I FOUND THE CAMERA, YAY! But I'm too lazy to go take a picture and upload it when I'm almost done with this post anyway.)

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Seven Quick Takes: Gangsters and Desserts



--- 1 ---

Today is my half-birthday. Is twenty-three and a half too old to care about such things?

(I don't, like, have a party or anything; I just go around all day with a nice half-birthday glow.)

--- 2 ---

I didn't post last week because my internet was dead again. Scott looked at it and thinks it's just the hardware breaking down. It magically fixed itself on Wednesday, so I didn't bother finding the ethernet cable and plugging yet another wire into my computer. I'm starting to really, really think that this 6-year-old laptop has just plain outlived its useful life. Anybody want to send me $500 so I can buy a new one and keep writing scintillating blog posts?

(That was a joke. Please don't send money.)

--- 3 ---

Conversations with my husband:

"I like it when your mustache is short. It makes you look like a gangster or something."

"You want me to look like a gangster?"

"Yeah. If you wear a suit and a fedora..."

"Oh, that kind of gangster."

"Yeah. Did you think I meant the kind with the droopy pants and the backwards hats?"

--- 4 ---

I got ice cream sandwiches for our dessert-of-the-week. They are as awesome as I thought they would be.

(Of course, posting this after #2 makes me think that if I cut dessert out of my grocery budget I could probably afford a new computer eventually. But not really. That'd take like 4 or 5 years of dessert money.)

--- 5 ---

Scott and I went to visit my family on Mother's Day weekend. (As far as I can remember, we last visited them for Matthew's baptism in January, though Scott claims he remembers another visit in March or something.)

We drove up on Friday night, which was nice. (During the winter we drove up on Saturday morning because that's just a little too much driving in the dark for me and the weather's usually bad anyway.) On Saturday I went to Teresa's soccer practice (she's actually pretty good). My mother and Andrea were at a different event about 40 miles away which was coincidentally across the street from a Krispy Kreme, so Mom picked up a dozen of those on her way home. Those used to be our traditional Mother's Day treat but when we moved to the middle of nowhere there wasn't a Krispy Kreme around anymore.

(There actually isn't a Krispy Kreme here in the big city either. The one my mother went to is the closest, and it's something like 35 miles away from my apartment. Booooo, Krispy Kreme! Get some more Ohio locations!)

Then we went out to Ruby Tuesday's and had the BEST STEAK EVER and both children behaved themselves excellently.

On Sunday we went to church and Matthew flooded his diaper while sitting on Mom's lap and Teresa had used up her hour of good behavior for the week at the restaurant so she and Mom spent the last half of Mass in the parking lot. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! ;)

Also, I saw the lovely and brilliant Emily for about 2 minutes after Mass, since she was visiting her own mother. I reminded her that she needs to come visit me now that she's done with grad-school finals. (She still has like two jobs, though, so maybe I should cut her slack for a few more weeks.)

--- 6 ---

Cute Teresa story:

On the way back from soccer practice, she was telling one of those interminable stories with no real point or logical progression. (She's six; little kids do that.) I did notice, though, when she was saying something about getting a basket of candy and sharing it with Scott, except the grape candy, because Scott can't eat grapes.

I told her that was good remembering, and she started listing all the things Scott can't eat. (I caught "grapes" and "pizza"; I'm not sure what else she said.)

It occurs to me that this sort of thing might have been on her mind because she's been on a dye- and additive-free diet for the past several months. She probably likes the fact that she knows somebody else who can't just eat whatever they want.

(She got some Krispy Kremes anyway. Maybe that's why she was crazy at Mass.)

Teresa in her soccer uniform wearing a Krispy Kreme hat.
Cute Matthew story:

If you say the words "handsome boy" in his general vicinity, he will pat himself on the head. (I discovered this by accident while getting him dressed on Saturday morning.)

I entertained myself pretty much the entire weekend by periodically asking him "Who's a handsome boy?" ("That's right, YOU ARE!")

Matthew in a Krispy Kreme hat. I love his smile in this.

Bonus: A few weeks old from Facebook. Dad points out that 17 months ago this kid was wearing preemie diapers with the top folded down and now he's riding the penny pony at Meijer.

--- 7 ---

I can't find my camera, so you're spared pea plant pictures for now. They're looking a little droopy, but turns out that's because they had nasty little red bugs all over them. I wiped down their poor little leaves to remove as many as I could and will be purchasing a spray bottle for further bug-fighting as soon as I can.

(Google suggests the nasty little bugs were spider mites, but I think they were too big for spider mites...more the size of sesame seeds than grains of pepper. Any ideas?)

(Also, I washed my hands twice after I was done and shook out my clothes. I don't want to get bitten any more than my plants do.)

(Okay, Google further tells me that bugs that feed on plants are constitutionally incapable of feeding on humans. Good to know.)

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Seven Quick Procrastinating Takes



--- 1 ---

Grace's visit was nice. It was too short, made more so by the fact that I slept a lot, but she allegedly enjoyed helping out with the dishes and cooking all weekend. I entertained her while she did my chores for me, promise.

--- 2 ---

On Wednesday, my father-in-law had surgery for the herniated disks in his neck. It apparently went well and he came home yesterday, so now it's just a matter of praying that the surgery actually resolved the pain and nerve issues he's been having so he can go back to work and live his life and all that.

--- 3 ---

Now it's Saturday morning and I am seriously considering ice cream for breakfast. I've been behind on the whole making-things-for-breakfast-ahead-of-time thing.

[pause]

Ice cream is delicious for breakfast. Now to make something else before the sugar crash kicks in...

--- 4 ---

Scott has been amazingly helpful around the house this week. On Wednesday, the only effort I made towards dinner was getting chicken down from the freezer at about 10 a.m. Scott ended up being left the decidedly messy task of cutting the chicken into pieces and dipping it in egg and bread crumbs in order to make chicken nuggets. He did an amazing job, though, see?


On Thursday he vacuumed about half the apartment, which was good because I'm pretty sure the dust bunnies were about to become sentient and stage a hostile takeover. I said I would mop the kitchen floor since he vacuumed it, but I haven't done that yet.

--- 5 ---

On Thursday night, Teresa apparently was lying awake past her bedtime telling Mom how she needed to practice calling me on the phone. She figured that if anything ever happened to Mom and Dad, it'd be too far to walk to come get me, and she and Andrea can't take care of Matthew for very long by themselves.

I'm not sure if that's adorable or heartbreaking or both. She's an impulsive little thing most of the time but then she comes out with stuff like this that makes you realize she's mulling over Very Serious Thoughts.

--- 6 ---

So we talked for 40 minutes on Friday afternoon, and that definitely skewed more towards the "adorable."

At one point, Teresa was expressing her wish that I would live in the same house as her again. She said that we could share a room, with a blue bed and a purple bed, and we would each get half, but she'd get the bigger half.

I asked, "Where would Scott sleep?"

Teresa replied, "With me. ... As long as he doesn't snore."

Later in the conversation  she was discussing my family's actual planned trip out of state later this summer. During that trip we're all going to share a condo, and Teresa has apparently been thinking over the bedroom arrangements. She declared that I was going to sleep with her.

I said, "Scott might get lonely if I don't sleep with him."

Teresa said that all three of us could sleep in one bed together, if it was big enough. Then she thought of a backup plan in case that didn't pan out: "If Scott gets lonely, I'll give him one of my stuffed animals to sleep with."

--- 7 ---

I haven't succeeded in killing my pea plants. Exhibit A:


Shrimpy in the front there has managed to grow past the sides of the milk jug, and meanwhile the other two are trying to climb up each other since I'm a bad peakeeper and haven't given them a trellis or anything. Though there's nothing stopping them from climbing up the balcony railing.

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