Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I was exhausted just getting the boys ready for sledding. Took a good 40 minutes to get us out of the house. I took Oscar down the hill the first time and he seemed to enjoy it. Second time, I kind of forced him to go down. He was done. Sam isn't a big fan of the sun. Loves the sunshine, but not in his eyes. He made it three or four times. Then, they both cried on the way to the car, one because he wanted to go home, the other because he wanted to do his own thing.
Loads of fun. Then, once home, we decided to "G-Walk". Oscar led. We didn't make it too far before he started wishing to be held. Have you ever held a two socked, long under-weared, panted, two shirted, booted, snow panted, gloved, jacketed, hatted, snowy little boy that didn't really know what he wanted?
Hang on, were almost home.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
For those of you living near a Whole Foods, this may not seem like a big deal. But, for me, this is HUGE.
I was backing in the car with the little guy this afternoon and saw the white box with red and blue text sticking out from my mailbox. I first thought it was a gift for someone else that had been ordered, but no, this one is from Aunt Sandy.
I love Aunt Sandy mail. Aunt Sandy mail is interesting. Aunt Sandy mail is kind, and warm, and filled with sweetness. Aunt Sandy mail is a box of love. One of my favorite Aunt Sandy mail's was a gift to Sam of all but one part needed to make the most stylish, perfectly dressed snowman. This time, Aunt Sandy mail had that distinctive 'thunk'. I know that weight. I know that size box. I know that thunk. O and I rushed inside and opened it up. I said that first "yeah" and as a good, hungry little boy, he replied, "Yeah" with more excitement.
So, we shared a rich, buttery, almost challah-like, Cranberry Orange Scone from the Gluten-Free Bakehouse at Whole Foods.
It has been hard not to have another this evening, especially while writing this. O wanted one as a bedtime snack. Sorry kid, these are mine.
I am so glad I have an Aunt Sandy. Not for her gifts of 'things' but for the pure kind thought behind it.
There is nothing better than an Aunt Sandy! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Not enough time.
Not enough money.
Not enough space in this house.
Not enough sunshine.
Not a skein of yarn without a knot.
The remainder of the yarn from this project (twin 'A' sweater) is in a knot. Some people hate knots. I love them. It is a puzzle. One that causes frustration and complaints. Once the knot is no more, the joy is great. And the complaining didn't help get the knot untied.
One of my two resolutions for this new year is to (try to) stop complaining. When I hear others complain, it does nothing positive for me. It makes me want to join in the complaint party or shoot myself (not literally). Is this issue that is being complained about so bad that we have to complain to everyone with ears? And then there are those people that never stop. On and on about the same thing. How many times do I really need to hear the same negative comment?
The second resolution is to (try to) stop comparing and interrupting others talking. I tend to always compare a story that happened to me, or a friend of a friends uncles cousin twice removed. Interrupting is rude. I need to stop. Comparing stories is rude, unless requested by the conversationalist (is that the right use of that word?).
I am trying to stop. I want to be a happy person. Not a complainer. A listener. Not an interrupter. I'll balance time better.
I will pass on that TiHo's with double cream and save a little money.
I guess I don't REALLY need another v-neck t-shirt.
If I condense my yarns and put it all in one space, I think I'll have more room.
The sun will come out tomorrow.
Knots are not that bad.
Oh, and feel free to KINDLY point out to me if I break a resolution.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I traveled to Chicago for business (sounds so official) mixed with a bit of pleasure and stayed at Kern Towers (I highly recommend it, ask for the gluten free pancakes and muffins!). It was great to see all my co-workers and friends again, and to have good conversation with people I never really knew. It was as if I had only been gone months, instead of years. We had our annual meeting at this cute little Italian place near the El, where I was fortunate to get a great meal of grilled chicken and veggies and plenty of wine.
Obviously, the boys didn't make the trip (thanks Tom and Mom(s)). I love my boys, but, not hearing the word "Mommy" for two full days and two partial days was invigorating. I missed them, but I could have participated in adult conversation and stories and complaints and gossip and jokes all night long.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
That was Friday, today is Sunday and I am totally ready to see the red and green go to their dark home for 11 months. Not sure what changed in a mere two day period.
Perhaps the lack of places to put things like mail or keys.
Or the rain and warm(er) weather that is coming our way.
Or maybe I just caught a little of the excitement of the season from Tom.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Something is passing from person to person. This morning, Little Oscar woke up with a rash that we think is due to the amoxicillian he is (was) on for his double ear infection. The Doc said the infection is gone, so we will stop the amoxicillian and hope the rash goes away. Tom is sick as well, he has something quite debilitating. Hoping he gets well soon, and that I don't catch that one.
Having a hard time with the lighting in the basement studio...imagine that. The two little windows aren't bringing nearly the right lighting. I played with the camera last night and found some interesting features. Still enjoying the weaving, the clock that is down there, not so much. Maybe that will be the pic tonight...