Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
The hygienist was really, really nice and tried many different ways to get Lucy to relax. She let her spray water from the water wand, and she let her suck up water from a cup with the cool vacuum thing. Lucy liked doing all that stuff, but there was still no getting her into that chair.
We let Colin go first, and thought if Lucy watched his turn, she would see it was no big deal. She loved watching Colin's turn, laughed when he put on the big glasses, laughed when his teeth were polished, and laughed when he got yucky fluoride painted on. But there was still no talking her into taking a turn.
We finally cajoled her enough to open her mouth and let everyone take a look. The dentist, the two hygienists and the receptionist all praised her and did their best to get her to do more, but she was having none of it. It was decided by all that nothing looked out of place, and we'd just try again in another six months. They make a great effort not to scare or traumatize kids for future visits.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The terrible thing is that season 2 is so good, I'm already jonsing for season 3. And season 3 hasn't even started airing on HBO yet.
But the biggest problem of all, is that I don't have HBO to watch it. I don't even have cable, so I can't even get a temporary HBO subscription to take me through the 12 weeks of the new shows.
I don't have cable because it's very expensive and NOTHING is ever on. Well, nothing except "True Blood" for 12 weeks out of the year.
Everything good is already on DVD anyways. And hulu.com takes care of the rest. I do not want to get cable. Plus, the kids never beg for toys or cereal because they don't watch commercials all day.
But what about "True Blood"? Why does it have to be so good and so addictive? How will I watch the new season?
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Against all odds, I actually won money at the casino last month. Since I already made the decision of coffee maker vs iPod and got the coffee maker (which I'm still totally in love with, BTW), I decided to go ahead and also purchase the iPod.
And so I got my beautiful 16 gig, shiny purple iPod. It plays music, movies, TV shows, radio, shoots video and probably does a lot more stuff I'll never bother with. I immediately purchased a clear plastic skin and matching purple earphones. My iPod has to look good. And it's so pretty. I love it.
Now that I've used it here and there, I've found that lots of little irritating things keep coming up. In fact, I kind of hate it.
Here's what I love about my iPod:
- so much memory that it holds all the albums i care about listening to EVER
Here's what I hate about my iPod:
- stupid play lists appear out of nowhere. Go eff yourself, "On the Go" and "Genius".
- If I don't remember to slide over the HOLD button, my battery just drains away. I never remember that stupid little button, and I'm forced to recharge my iPod all the time.
- I always forget to charge my iPod. I carry it dead in my purse for a week at a time, lifeless and useless. Then I'm waiting for a bus thinking, "maybe I'll listen to my iPod" and then I remember that there's no battery life left.
- I put a movie on my iPod (Reno 911 the Movie), and the screen is so tiny, it hurts my eyes to watch it.
- Itunes HATES me. Every time I synch my iPod, problems arise. It won't synch, it synchs things I don't want, or some other irritating, time wasting issue comes up
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Last weekend, when it was Mother's Day, I knew there was only one family fun activity that I wanted to take part of. The horse races!
Emerald Downs in Auburn has live horse racing from May-September every year. I've always wanted to go, so Mother's Day was the day.
I'd never bet on horses before, and I kept my bets simple. There was a race every half hour, so it was about 45 seconds of big excitement coupled with 24 minute periods of waiting around. The kids were good, but could only handle so many periods of doing nothing. Ice cream cones and gift shop toys helped a lot.
I enjoyed the fun of making a wager and then watching the horses run, and I enjoyed sitting outside on a nice day drinking a cold beer. Next time I go, I definitely will not go with the kids. That way I'll be able to do a good study of bets, and relax and hang in between races.
The horse in the photo above won me $36!
Here are my tips for enjoying a day at the races:
-Pay the extra couple of bucks and sit up in the stands. You won't have to worry about losing your spot on the benches if you go to the bathroom.
-Bring your own lunch/dinner. The food court food was not good.
-Go with someone you can stand making small talk with in between races.
-Study the program and tip sheet to make the best bets. You can also get help from a tutorial booth if you need help figuring out the more complicated wagers.
-Search the web for coupons on admission, parking and more.
-Buy your silly hat at Goodwill, don't pay $30 at the hat stand
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I realized the other day that my kids were teaching me right back.
I had this moment of clarity when Colin and I played a game of chess. He's been in chess club all year at school and wanted to show off his prowess. I know how to play chess in a basic way- I know how all the pieces move, but chess was never a game that held my interest. Even so, I figured I'd thrash Colin. I mean, he's just a little kid.
Well, he beat me, and he beat me fair and square. He snuck his castle right into position to capture my king, and I didn't even see it coming. He explained his moves to me afterwards and I could see he was thinking in ways that I was not. He certainly taught me a thing or two about chess. It was so cool!
A really great lesson I've been learning is from Lucy. Lucy is a stubborn little one, and she digs her heels in at the silliest little things. She HAS to love everything. If she doesn't love the shirt, she won't wear it. If she doesn't love the yogurt, she won't eat it. If she doesn't love the movie, she won't watch it.
It used to exasperate me, because sometimes you just want your kid to put her shoes on and get in the car, already. But Lucy has to put on the shoes she loves. There's no hurrying her, and there's no convincing her she loves something if she doesn't. You cannot talk her into loving something just becuase it's the fastest option. I've learned to just slow down and let her choose the things she decides to love, and not listen to the ear-piercing howls of protest when I try to force something on her.
And now lately, I find myself thinking, "Do I love this?" to myself. Do I love this sandwich? No, then I'm going to get one I do love. Do I love these socks? No, then I'm going to wear a different pair. Do I love this book? No, then I'm going to stop reading it. Hey, this isn't such a bad line of thinking. I think I like it. No wait, I love it!
You can't always do things you love, but if you love most of the things you're doing, it's a pretty good way to live. That Lucy is so wise for a three year old!
And so, Grasshopper, the teacher has become a student. Such is the cycle of life.
I can still kick Colin's butt at Connect 4, though.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
She's one Whopper away from losing her soul....
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
When I was in college at the UW, a field trip to Chang's on Broadway was a regular outing for my dorm group. I'm not sure how the trend started, but a group of us would make frequent bus pilgrimages to Chang's, and fill up on the all you can eat meat, veggies, soup and more.
The Chang's on Broadway is closed now, so only the one in Everett, and another in Kent are around today. But the interiors are all the same, and the cook up in Everett is the same old guy that used to be at Broadway, so it's always a good blast from the past to eat there.
Today, each of us in the family has a different Chang's style we usually follow:
Mike goes for a big mix of everything
I stick with chicken, noodles, and select veggies
Lucy says she wants a whole bunch of different things, and then doesn't eat them
Colin goes for plain old meat and noodles only
Look out, friends of mine!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Colin was in the 2nd/3rd grade play, performed this week on Open House night at his school. The play was called "Go Fish" and the story was something about a shark becoming friends with fish. I think.
Most of the kids in the 4 classes were generic fish kids that sang in the chorus during the musical numbers. But in one of the few speaking roles, on the main stage, surrounded by upperclassmen, was my little second grader, Colin.
So my little guy had to get up in front of all the parents and family members that gathered in the good old cafeteria/auditorium room, and perform his role of "Needle Fish".
Here's what I did wrong:
I did not make him a costume. I didn't know what the hell a needle fish was, and I knew most of the other kids weren't going to be in any kind of costume, but surely I could have jazzed him up with SOMETHING. Even just a pair of swim goggles on his head would have lent to an oceany feel.
I told him beforehand that I was going to video the play. He mentioned several times before the play started that he was nervous because he knew I'd be recording it. In the future I will pretend that I forgot the camera.
I gave him a huge hickey on his eye. OK, that sounds really weird, but I was pretending to eat Lucy's eyes to make her giggle, and so Colin asked me to eat his eyes, too, but when I did it was apparent that he has really, really delicate skin, and I had made a huge hickey on his eye. The photo does not do justice to how red the marks were. He really looked like he had been punched in the face.
Despite me, Colin did a great job. He remembered all his lines and cues, and he was just downright adorable.
I promise to do better for his next play.....
Happy Mother's Day!!!
Friday, May 7, 2010
The best or worst part of watching local news is always the anchor people. Here are my votes for the best local TV anchors:
Dennis Bounds - on King 5. Dennis totally has that steady, everyman/relatable anchor persona going on. He's like a dad, or a friendly boss. he's trustworthy and confident. Seattle news is safe in Dennis Bound's hands.
Kathy Goertzen - on Komo 4. I don't really care one way or the other about Kathy Goertzen, but when I was in college, this guy I lived in the dorms with had a thing for her, and whenever the news was coming on, he'd say "it's time to get Goertzed, heh heh heh". I'm not really sure what that means, but he always made it sound dirty, and to this day I remember him, and the Kathy Goertzen connection. (Remember that, Brandon?)
Steve Pool - on Komo 4. Steve Pool is a weather forecaster and for some reason has a kind of cult coolness around town. We saw a sheep at the fair named Steve Pool, and an even bigger indicator of his "cred" is this tattoo:
Adam Gehrke - Q13. Adam Gehrky is the traffic reporter for this station, and he's been doing traffic here for as long as I've been commuting. He has a special place in my news anchor heart because I remember when he had to segway from the radio programming to the on-air traffic report, he always tried to make a joke relating to the radio topic and work it into the traffic report. It wasn't always funny, but I appreciated his attempts to make his traffic reports sound different.
My favorite of all news anchors is King 5's Jeff Renner. Not too long ago, Jeff Renner sported an awesome "newsman" moustache, but today's he's clean shaven. It doesn't matter what his facial hair is, Jeff Renner can sooth me to sleep with his smooth, sultry voice anytime. If I could pick anyone to read me a story, it would be Jeff Renner.
Here's Jeff taking us out with a winter weather safety tip. Thanks, Jeff!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I've lived in Lynnwood for about nine years now, and I like it more and more.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The hardest thing is picking a theme your kids are excited about going along with. Now that there's four of us, I'm itching to do an A-Team theme, but Colin is completely uninterested and does not agree that he would be the perfect little Faceman.
In past years we've done these themes:
Superman Family - Colin was Superman, I was Lois Lane, Mike was Clark Kent, and little Lucy was a shard of Kryptonite.
I can't find the photo for this year, but we went as a Spiderman Family - Colin was Spiderman, I was Aunt May (pretty pregnant with Lucy at the time, kind of a disturbing combo with the white granny wig I wore) and Mike was Dr. Octopus, in what was my greatest homemade costume of all time.
Spongebob Family - Colin was Spongebob, I was Gary the Snail, and Mike was Squidward.
Scooby-Doo Family - Colin was Scooby, I was Velma, and Mike was Shaggy.
But what to do this year? I like to decide by June so that I have several months to figure out what I'm going to put together.
You don't just turn a baby into a shard of Kryptonite overnight, you know?
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The Fonz - still cool after all these years.....