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  • Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    Swag...

    Although I wasn't able to attend BlogHer in Chicago this year, I found out that I will still be receiving a swag bag from the other blog I contribute to, Chicago Moms Blog. How cool is that?

    The following items will be in there:

    CleanWell - hand sanitizers
    Love-Me-Knots - girl's hair bows
    One True Media - a year subscription to their pro slideshow
    Wateroos - flavored water
    Healthy Handfuls - boxes of cookies
    Yahoo Corp - mini colored pencils/stickers (and the dinner reception at the swanky Viand downtown)
    Six Apart - VOX tees
    Planet Mom - Tees/hats
    Cohn & Wolfe - Teen Spirit by Lady's Speedstick and Jif Peanut Butter!
    Wati - GORGEOUS little girl's dresses
    About Your Time - BusyBodyBook Organizers
    LTDChix - Tees
    Enjoy Life natural Brands - Snickerdoodle cookies
    Zazzle - Tees with our blog names on them
    Innobaby - Snack containers
    *Phyllis of BabySwags.com provided us with these great products from clients of hers:
    - Baby Hands - "My Baby Can Talk" Signing DVD's - First Signs & Sharing
    - PediaSense - ReliaDose bottles - a bottle with a built in medicine dropper

    Amy Mueller was in charge of putting together the bags and transporting them to the convention. It couldn't have been done without her! A lot of thought and detail went into the planning and execution of the dinner party, the swag bags, and the convention. Thanks, Jill and Beth! And thanks to all the above companies who helped put those products into those swag bags!

    I absolutely cannot wait to get it!

    Monday, July 30, 2007

    Choices...

    A man had a terrible accident. His "manhood" was mangled and torn from his body. The doctor reassured him that modern medicine made it
    possible for his "manhood" to be rebuilt, but insurance didn't cover the
    expense. It is considered cosmetic.

    He had three choices:
    - a small thing for $3,500
    - a medium thing for $6,500
    - a large thing for $14,000

    The man was sure he'd want a medium or large. The doctor suggested that he discuss it with his wife privately before a final decision on which
    thing he would get was made. The doctor left the room and while he was
    gone the man called his wife and told her their options.

    The doctor returned and found the man looking very sad and asked, "Did you make a decision after discussing it with your wife?"

    "Yes," said the man. "My wife would rather remodel the kitchen."

    Sunday, July 29, 2007

    My Animal Mothering Style...

    I took a quiz on BabyZone yesterday about what kind of "animal mother" I am. Here's what my answers say about me:

    I am two types of "animal mother." I am...

    DOLPHIN – Dolphin moms have a free and easy nature; they are very laid back mommas. With a passion for teaching their children everything they can about the world around them. Dolphin mothers long to be not just good moms for their kids, but good friends and confidants as well.

    -and-

    HIPPO - Hippo mothers put everything they have into rearing their children. They are very protective of their little ones’ safety and are willing to sacrifice much of themselves in order to provide what they feel is best for their children. They are patient and affectionate, careful, and loving mothers.

    So, what would you call a cross between a dolphin and a hippo? Don't say "dippo."

    Saturday, July 28, 2007

    PMS...

    12 THINGS "PMS" STANDS FOR:

    1. PASS MY SHOTGUN
    2. PSYCHOTIC MOOD SWING
    3. PERPETUAL MUNCHING SPREE
    4. PUFFY MID-SECTION
    5. PEOPLE MAKE me SICK
    6. PROVIDE ME with SWEETS
    7. PARDON MY SOBBING
    8. PIMPLES MAY SURFACE
    9. PASS MY SWEATS
    10. PISSY MOOD SYNDROME
    11. PACK MY STUFF
    12. POTENTIAL MURDER SUSPECT

    Um, yeah...that last one is my favorite. Heh...

    Friday, July 27, 2007

    Someone Doesn't Know About Decimals & Commas...

    I got this stupid email telling me that I won some lottery and they needed my personal information to complete the transactions. Judging from the subject in the email (ITALIAN SUPERENALOTTO 2007), I know it's a scam. Look carefully at the dollar amount. Where's the decimal point? What about the improper use of commas? I'm such a stickler for shit like that. Perhaps it's the English teacher in me; perhaps it's just habit for me. Are people really becoming THIS dumb?

    Here's stupidity for ya:

    Dear Winner,

    RE: NOTIFICA DEL PREMIO:CONGRATULAZIONI!!!

    We are pleased to inform you that as a result of our recent ITALIAN
    NATIONAL SUPERENALOTTO DRAWS held on the 9th of July, 2007. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 27511465896-6410 with serial number 4204-777 drew lucky numbers 5-21-23-34-61-72 which consequently won in the 2nd category.

    You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,500,000,00 {One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros}.

    Name: ...........................................
    Nationality:....................................
    Contact Address..............................
    Country of residence: ..................
    Tel number: ..................................
    Occupation: ..................................
    Sex: ..............................................
    Date Of Birth:................................
    Winning E-mail Address:...............

    You are requested to contact your claims officer Mr.Riccardo Motta,to
    assist you with the processing of your winnings and subsequent
    payments. Email address:mrriccardomotta@yahoo.it

    Duh. I would like nothing more than to send this back to Mr. Riccardo Motta using bogus information, but I won't waste my time. It's bad enough I took the time to share it here. Gah!

    Stupid people make my skin crawl.

    Thursday, July 26, 2007

    I'm A Winner!...

    Check out what I won over at MumsTheWord! Of the choices I had, I picked this one. Both of my kids can wear it then!

    This was a nice surprise! Thanks, Laura and Amy!

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007

    A Very Special Woman...

    Today is my Mom's birthday. She is a very, very special person to my family and me. I don't know what I'd do without her.
    She is many things to everyone around her. She is creative, caring, logical, organized, resourceful, generous, and always supportive. She's fiercely loyal, witty, optimistic, and warm. She means the world to all of us. She's our doctor, our lawyer, our therapist, our entertainer, our personal chef, our interior decorator, our biggest fan, our rock.

    And this is how she makes my son feel.

    When Jack says, "Grandma," he says it with all the love in his heart because that's how she makes him feel. And when I say, "Mom," I mean it with every bone in my body, every fiber of my being. What more could I possibly want in a Mother?

    I love you, Mom! Happy Birthday!

    Tuesday, July 24, 2007

    The World's Tightest Pair Of Jeans...

    Sweet Baby Jeezus...what the hell was he thinking?
    Go on...click on the photo to enlarge it. You know you want to.
    Ugh!

    Monday, July 23, 2007

    A New Discovery...

    Livie has discovered how to spin her body around and around. She's at that age. I'm trying not to make a big deal of it, in hopes that she'll stop because it doesn't get her any attention. She doesn't do it like Jack did, though. Livie can only go around once before she falls, but she laughs her head off. Jack used to spin dozens of times without ever falling down.

    Come to think of it, I don't remember the last time he spun.

    Oh, I wish I were carefree like those kids. No worries; all the freedom in the world; eat, sleep, play, and poop. Those were the glory days.

    Sunday, July 22, 2007

    Two Reasons To Be Happy...

    Livie at one year, three months, and two weeks old

    Jack at two years, five months, and two weeks old

    Saturday, July 21, 2007

    Livie, Too!...

    I've decided that I'm going to start taking Livie to Jack's developmental playgroup. It'll be good for her. The other playgroup I take the kids to only has two more meets and it's done. If I start taking Livie to Jack's playgroup, she'll get socialization, which is so good for her. She loves kids.

    All the other mothers bring their other children, too. And it won't be a big deal. She just won't get the snack they provide for the kids they service. I always bring snacks anyway, so it's not a big deal. It doesn't cost a thing for her to tag along. She can play with the other children's siblings and all the toys we don't have here at home (imagine that...us not already having every toy ever made). She'll get such a kick out of the little play kitchen they have and all the play food items. She'll be in heaven. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. I guess seeing all the other mothers bringing their other children got to me a little. Why can't I bring Liv? There's no reason I can't, I found out.

    I think they're going to have a blast. This playgroup is so much fun! It'd be a shame to keep Livie from all the fun Jack gets to have. They'll be pooped when they come home. That means Mommy will get a good nap, too!

    Everybody wins!

    Friday, July 20, 2007

    Speaking Jackanese...

    Now that Jack talks nonstop, I've compiled a list of some of the memorable things he says that make me grateful he speaks so well now.

    To Livie - "You have to wear your hat. You have to protect your head."

    To Java - "No barking. Be quiet."

    To me, as we're coming down the stairs in the morning and Livie's still sleeping - "You have to be quiet. Livie is sleeping. No noisy toys."

    At dinner - "I don't have bacon. I don't have pie. I want pie."

    During diaper changes - "Don't put your hand in the poo-poos."

    Frantically searching for his pacifier - "I don't know where is nummy."

    In the morning, when I go to get him out of his crib - "Don't throw nummy." (and then he throws it out of his crib)

    When he pees - "Papa, I went tinkle."

    While taking a shower for the first time (instead of his usual bath) - "Wow, Mom! This is fun!"

    To his Elmo doll, after he throws him on the floor - "Don't cry. It's okay."

    About his body - "It's my body. It's not for touching."

    And he also sings his ABC's when he's pooping. Ya gotta love that.

    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    Rubber Gloves...

    Yeah...it's another post without substance. Heh...

    A dentist noticed that his next patient, a little old lady, was
    nervous so he decided to tell her a little joke as he put on his
    gloves.
    "Do you know how they make these gloves?" he asked.
    "No, I don't," she replied.
    "Well," he spoofed, "there's a building in Mexico with a big tank of latex and workers of all hand sizes walk up to the tank, dip in their hands, let them dry, then peel off the gloves and throw them into boxes of the right size."
    She didn't crack a smile.
    "Oh, well. I tried," he thought.
    But five minutes later, during a delicate portion of the procedure,
    she burst out laughing.
    "What's so funny?" he asked.
    "I was just envisioning how condoms are made!"

    Gotta watch those little old ladies! Their minds are always working!

    Wednesday, July 18, 2007

    I Always Forget To Tell You About These...

    I have a new post up at Chicago Moms Blog, the other blog I write for regularly. This group has been written about in our newspapers several times in the last few weeks. There are only about twenty-five of us who contribute and it's very cool to be a part of it.

    My posts are filed under "Amy S." Check it out!

    Tuesday, July 17, 2007

    True Story...

    HOW TO CALL THE POLICE WHEN YOU'RE OLD AND DON'T MOVE FAST ANYMORE:

    George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi was going up to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window.

    George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

    He phoned the police who asked, "Is someone in your house?" and he said, "No". Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available. George said, "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

    "Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I've just shot them." Then he hung up.

    Within five minutes three police cars, an Armed Response Unit, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence and caught the burglars red-handed.

    One of the policemen said to George, "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

    George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"

    I LOVE IT - Don't mess with old people!

    Monday, July 16, 2007

    I Can't Say I'm Surprised...

    Your Inner Color is Yellow

    Your Personality: Life's too short not to have fun. Your bright energy brings joy and laughter to those around you.

    You in Love: A total flirt, you need a lot of freedom to play. But you'll be loyal to that one person who makes you feel safe.

    Your Career: You love variety in a job, and you probably won't stick with one career. You would make a great professor, writer, or actor.

    Sunday, July 15, 2007

    The Sickos Are Aplenty...

    Dear Reader in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania at 3:16pm yesterday:
    Why were you searching for "poop on your fingers photo" and how did it point you to THIS blog? You won't find any of that here. What kind of sick fuck are you that you get off looking at feces on human body parts? You need a straightjacket.

    Dear Reader in United Kingdom at 1:40pm on Friday:
    Why were you searching for "camel toe sitting on poe" and how did it point you to THIS blog? You won't find any of that here. Edgar Allan Poe is dead and I highly doubt they called a "front female wedgie" a camel toe back then. Learn how to spell if you meant "pole."

    Seriously, what brings these kinds of searches to this blog? I have never written either phrase in my blog. And, frankly, I don't want to know why these people are searching for these things.

    WTF?

    Saturday, July 14, 2007

    Two For The Price Of One...

    There's something I've noticed during Jack's therapies. LIVIE is participating, too.

    Yesterday, during Jack's speech therapy, every sound the therapist wanted Jack to pronounce, Livie did first. It was so funny to hear her take part in all the action. She was so proud! She also likes to get involved with his occupational therapy and his developmental therapy. As long as the therapists don't mind and it doesn't interfere with Jack's progress, she can "play" with him during their sessions. Jack is usually very happy to share his "playtime" with his sister.

    They're literally never apart these days. And he's always looking after her. If he hears her cry, he comes running to see what's wrong. And then he tells me, as I'm holding his wailing baby sister, that she's crying, but that it will be okay. Heh... He tells me to wake her up in the morning if he gets up before her. And then he offers to go get her himself. This kid just cracks me up!

    From the looks of it, I'd say Livie is learning as much as Jack is. And the two of them are having a lot of fun learning together.

    Who knew it could be so beautiful?

    Friday, July 13, 2007

    Chubbyfat Goodness...

    Livie went to the doctor for her 15-month check-up yesterday. I can't believe she's fifteen months old already! She did very well and is as healthy as can be, so I'm grateful for that.

    Here are her stats...

    At her 12-month check-up, she was:
    Height: 29 inches
    Weight: 20 lbs., 14 oz.
    Head Circumference: 17.75 inches

    At yesterday's 15-month check-up, she is:
    Height: 30.5 inches
    Weight: 22 lbs., 10 oz.
    Head Circumference: 18 inches

    At this age, Jack was only 21 lbs., 2 oz. He didn't reach her weight until he was eighteen months old! At this age, their heights and head circumferences are exactly the same. She's just heavier than he was. Yikes!

    So, she's catching up to him quickly. The one tell-tale difference between the two of them is that Livie loves to drink milk and Jack doesn't. He just can't stand it. And the only way I can get any dairy into him is through yogurt, milkshakes, ice cream, and cheese. He only nibbles at the yogurt and milkshakes, most times. Milk is the main difference between them.

    Jack is so active, too. Everything he eats, he burns off right away. He's also gotten much taller, so he looks even leaner than he is. He didn't become a picky eater until he was around eighteen months old. Livie, on the other hand, will eat anything you give her. She will try anything and usually ends up liking it. I don't think there's anything she won't eat.

    Livie also got her MMR shot, plus her final HIB vaccine, too. Do you all remember what happened to Jack last year when he got his MMR? This post was the beginning; this post was the middle of it all; and this post covered the bullshit that happened to him in the ER. After that, he didn't want to talk anymore, which brings us to the whole speech delay issue (that we're pretty damn sure he's worked through already, since he talks all the time now). It makes me terrified about what the MMR could do to Livie.

    Keep your fingers crossed that she doesn't have any adverse reactions to the MMR shot. And I hope I don't have to write any posts about any ER visits in the near future. Gah!

    Thursday, July 12, 2007

    Send Your Love...

    ...to My Sister and her family. There's a lot going on right now. I can't say more than that. She says it best in this post.

    We love you, Sue!

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007

    Learning To Use My Time Wisely...

    Okay, so I've started my first class toward my Master's degree. And, boy, do I have to budget my time wisely. As long as the babies go to sleep when they're supposed to, I think I'll be able to do most of my work after they go down for the night. And I've only just now figured out that this means I'll get even less sleep than I already do. Now, if there happens to be an unsuspected wrench thrown into that plan (which you KNOW will happen, eventually), I'll have to work out some sort of Plan B. You know, like what to do if they don't want to sleep and I have to get homework done; or if one or both of them are sick and I have an assignment or exam due; or if I'm singing the gun-in-my-mouth blues because I've bitten off more than I can chew. Yeah, you know...wrenches.

    This is not going to be easy. I'm sure I'll find my groove, though. I just have to get used to it and adjust accordingly. Still, it won't be easy, but I'm trying to convince myself that it's not a big deal. Deep down, I'm shitting in my pants. Heh...

    Who knew that working full-time, raising two toddlers (ages 2 and 1), keeping up a house, and earning your Master's at the same time would be so challenging? Duh.

    I guess I'm going to find out just how fun this will all be, won't I? And I know I won't regret it one bit.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007

    How DOES That Work?...

    How does the small arrow on your computer monitor work when we move the mouse?

    Haven't you ever wondered how it works? Now, through the miracle of high technology, we can see how it is done.

    With the aid of a screen magnifying lens, the mechanism becomes apparent. Click on the link below and you will find out. The image may take a minute or two to download and when it appears, slowly move your mouse over the light grey circle and you will see how the magic works.

    See for yourself.

    Monday, July 09, 2007

    Totally Me...

    You Are Scissors

    Sharp and brilliant, you can solve almost any problem with that big brain of yours.
    People fear your cutting comments - and your wit is famous for being both funny and cruel.
    Deep down, you tend to be in the middle of an emotional storm. Your own complexity disturbs you.
    You are too smart for your own good. Slow down a little - or you're likely to hurt yourself.
    You can cut a paper person down to pieces.
    The only person who can ruin you is a rock person.
    When you fight: You find your enemy's weak point and exploit it.
    If someone makes you mad: You'll do everything you can to destroy their life

    Sunday, July 08, 2007

    The Heat Is On...


    It's been a scorcher here in Chicago the past few days. Today was 95 degrees and tomorrow will be 97.


    It's safe to say that the babies and I will be staying in our air-conditioned home all day tomorrow. There's no way I'm going to subject them to that kind of heat, much less myself.


    It's days like these that make me grateful for central air!

    Saturday, July 07, 2007

    God Is Dead...

    Have you ever felt like you just wanted to scream until your head explodes and cry until your body shrivels up like a raisin?

    Yeah. That's me right now.

    Sometimes life is unfair to the wrong people. Does that make sense? Someone I love very much is being dealt a shitty deck of cards right now and it's just not fair. I don't understand.

    Gah!

    Friday, July 06, 2007

    Letting My Hair Down...

    The reason there are never any pictures of me is because My Sister is the only one who takes any of me (go check out her pictures from this past weekend when she was here). She lives in Kansas. No one else uses my camera to get any pictures of me with my babies. It would be nice. (HINT, Hubby.)

    And this is...er, was...me, behind my ever-present lens.

    And this is me now. I chopped my hair yesterday afternoon.

    From my left side...

    From my right...

    From the back...

    I am pleased. And I am so glad that I don't have to wear a ponytail anymore. I'm so over that ponytail. Yeesh.

    And this is my son scratching his ass (also posted on My Sister's blog). Heh...

    Thursday, July 05, 2007

    Looking Ahead...

    Last Friday, I picked up my laptop for my Graduate work. The laptop comes with all the materials downloaded onto it, so there's no fee for textbooks and such. It's pretty cool. I can begin reviewing my materials next week and I'll meet my fellow classmates the following week.


    My cohort will meet once every other Tuesday for three hours. I'm very happy that I'm only going to be five minutes from my home, too. My program lasts eighteen months. Next December, I'll have a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.


    If I like the program, I'll go for a second Master's degree in Educational Leadership, which will give me a Type 75 (this is the degree principals and assistant principals need). I like being in the classroom too much to want to run a school and I really wouldn't want the headaches that go with it. However, it expands my marketability. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Who knows? Maybe I won't want a second Master's. I won't know until I'm done with the first one. Duh.


    With a Master's degree, I can become picky with where I'll want to work. That's not a bad thing. I love what I do very much. And a little more pay is something that I look forward to receiving. Heh...

    Wednesday, July 04, 2007

    And The Rockets Red Glare...

    myspace layouts, myspace codes, glitter graphics

    Happy Birthday, America!
    Have a safe and happy holiday!

    Tuesday, July 03, 2007

    Garbage Salad...

    The "Garbage Salad" I made yesterday turned out very well. There were so many ingredients in it that you could consider it a meal. And, yes, I mixed it all together in a garbage bag. It didn't even need any dressing, but you could put it on if you wanted it. What did I put in there? Here's a rundown:

    -organic mixed spring greens
    -organic spinach
    -one-half of each pepper: green, yellow, and red
    -sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, and walnuts
    -marinated artichoke hearts
    -julienned sun-dried tomatoes
    -bacon (the real stuff, not imitation)
    -broccoli
    -cranberries
    -raisins
    -garlic
    -tomatoes
    -baby carrots
    -black olives
    -red onion
    -gorgonzola cheese
    -cucumbers
    -tortilla strips
    -fresh salami

    Gosh, I don't know if I forgot anything. I easily made too much of it, but that's okay because I could eat it all day long, for days. And for the first time in the fifteen years I've known my Hubby, he actually brought his lunch to work (this salad!) yesterday.

    Yum!

    Monday, July 02, 2007

    Finally...A Picture Together...

    I was finally able to snap a picture of Jack and Livie in action...together. They're so quick that it's hard to get them in one shot at the same time. So, here it is. I hope there's more of these in the future.

    Sunday, July 01, 2007

    Annual Festivities...

    Today is our Annual 4th of July Weekend Cookout. Every year, we have a big family gathering at our home and eat until our pants don't fit.

    My Sister is in town with all but one member of her family, who stayed behind to care for the dogs. It's going to be a wonderful time!

    I'm making a killer Garbage Salad, too. Don't be put off by its name, though. There's just so much in it that it's hard to give it a name. There must be twenty ingredients in it. I'll let you know how it turns out.

    Have a safe Sunday!