Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fiend

We're trying to wean LT off the binky and so far I've caught him sucking on the heel of one of my high heels and the corner of a table. I think we've created a monster.

Monday, April 28, 2008

It stopped raining just long enough for us to escape for about 30 minutes today. My sweet boy discovered the simple joy of a rain puddle. Quite by accident too. We were walking along when he stepped into one and realized how cool it was to make a splash. He's been stomping around the house since Thursday's story time at the library where they learned a song and dance about stomping. He finally got an opportunity to put all that practicing to good use on that puddle. As he was stomping I was kicking myself for not having my camera (yet again). Note to self: When you have an incredibly adorable child, always have your camera because every moment is a photo op.

While we were out we crossed paths with the squirrel whisperer. This very nice man had squirrels coming up to him and eating out of his hand. He even had his own little squirrel language and knew each squirrel by markings and personality. He even knew where each of them lived. I hope we run into him again.

A little history about squirrels in DC. When I moved here I noticed all these black squirrels. I had never seen a black squirrel and now I was seeing more black ones than regular gray and brown ones. Apparently, Canada gave DC 18 black squirrels in 1906 which were released around the National Zoo. Fast forward 100 years, black squirrels everywhere. They're really cute and friendly too. If I can ever remember to take my camera with me I'll take a picture of one.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

This...


is LTs favorite toy. A fucking stick.



Not this.....


or this......

or this.


Lesson learned. Money saved.

I've got a bottle of wine and a box of hair dye. What more can a woman ask for?

Well, things have been pretty boring around here lately. It rained for 2 whole days straight and both LT and I were a bit stir crazy. We finally got out today. It was just to go to the grocery store but hey, it was out.

In celebration of Earth Day I bought 3 eco-friendly light bulbs. They were buy 1 get 2 free plus I had a $1 off coupon of course. I always have a coupon. I also got another reusable grocery bag and was looking for some water bottles but no luck. I feel pretty good about my contribution today. Oh, and to top it off I donated a buck to children's cancer research and won a bottle of lime juice. How 'bout that!? I forgot the best part. I found $10 on the ground. Woo hoo!! I don't know why but this made me feel guilty. I felt like I stole it. I looked around and no one was near so I pocketed it and scooted out of there like my panties were on fire.

Some other random stuff:

My lovely hubby was mentioned on the radio this morning. It was a radio show that I actually listen to. Elliot in the morning on DC 101. His restaurant catered their breakfast and he got to meet Elliot and the crew. I listen to his show every morning. He's pretty funny. Plus, LT dances everyday to the song that he plays out with. Babies dancing is hilarious. Or is it babies dancing are hilarious? Grammar is not my strong suit. So don't make fun of me when you see an error. Especially in this post. I told you I have a bottle of wine (well, a half bottle now).

Hubby (RT) was also on the news about a week ago and no, it wasn't for a crime. He was cooking. Matzo ball soup. Funny thing is he has never made matzo ball soup. His restaurant was having a Passover dinner and he went to represent. He winged it well. Things are working out for him at his new job. He also had a photo shoot for a local magazine and the Washington Post is coming in to review his food. I think I may be married to a celebrity. I've barely seen him in the last 2 weeks but it's all in the name of Robin staying home with LT so I am not allowed to complain.

LT is teething....again.

Our car will be payed off with the next payment. I'm so proud of this. It's the first car that I have owned that I payed off completely by myself. You don't have to say it. I know I'm spoiled. Thank you mom for all the others!

I'm planning a trip to New Orleans to see family and Houston for an old friend's wedding. I haven't seen her in almost 10 years and I can't wait to get there. Now I just need to lose 20 pounds. I don't think this is possible when I can eat a half a bag of cookies in one night.

I had 125 photos selected to download to Shutterfly when LT pressed the power button on the computer. I lost them all. I wanted to throw him out of the window but I'm pretty sure that would constitute as child abuse.

I'm not into movies but Baby Mama looks hysterical.

Ta, ta for now. Off to dye my hair.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Dear Mr. Sprinkles,


You have been a good friend. You were lovingly selected from a giant bin of stuffed animals to be Lane's little buddy. I remember searching through all the lovies trying to find the perfect lifelong friend for our boy. A lot of thought was put into your selection. I'm not sure what you did to deserve the harsh treatment you have received. You are always quietly waiting. Waiting for a hug or a snuggle. You are always there in the dark of the night to keep Lane company. Sure, Myrtle the Turtle and Flemming the Bear have their fun out in the living room. They get tossed around, used as pillows, and taken for rides in the Tonka truck, but all the cuddles and love were saved for you. For months you have been the #1 stuffed animal. You were the only one allowed to sleep in the crib with LT.

I don't know what to tell you. I don't know why in the middle of the night he wakes up from a dead sleep only to hurl you as far away from the crib as possible. All I can say is I'll bring you out every now and then to see if you have been forgiven. Until then I will keep you safe. Rest easy, Mr. Sprinkles. You are loved.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Happy Early Earth Day

Everywhere I look people are talking about being green. I guess it's the new black. I'm an Earth lover so I do what I can to help our Mother out. All this talk of being green got me thinking of all the ways I'm not green (would that be called brown?) and what I can do about it.

1. I'm a water waster. I take looooooong baths, sometimes filling up the tub, letting it drain, filling it again, then standing up and taking a shower. I know, I must be on the water police's most wanted list. I just love the sound of water running. I lay in the tub and let it run the whole time. I know that I can do without all this soaking but I CAN'T give it up. The tub is my sanctuary. I will, however, reduce the number of baths I take per week. Baby steps.

2. Although I use cloth diapers, I still use disposable wipes. I don't really know why I do this. This one is easy to correct. Last night I cut up some of Lane's old flannel receiving blankets and mixed together a homemade solution to soak them in. I'm researching other natural solutions, so once I get my recipe perfected, I'll share it with you. I'll just toss them into the wash with the diapers. No brainer. Plus, I have a bone to pick with Pampers. I'll tell you all about it in a later post.

3. I use paper towels like they are going out of style. I have cut down lately, letting them dry and reuse them if I just wiped my clean hands on them and using wash cloths to clean Lane after meals, but I still use tons of them in the kitchen. My pledge: only use one roll per week. I think that's an attainable goal.

4. Chemical-laden cleaners. For a while I was a big fan of Clorox, Lysol, and Windex wipes. I think being a new mom was a shock to my system and I was looking for anything to make life easier. These are certainly easy to use but not easy on my pocket book or the environment. I haven't purchased cleaners of any kind in months and am switching to strictly baking soda and vinegar once they are all gone.

5. I have a subscription to the Sunday paper. I know it's only once a week but honestly, I only get it for the coupons and I rarely read the rest of it. My pledge: reuse it for wrapping paper, cleaning windows and mirrors, lining the floor when Lane eats, and recycle what I don't reuse.

Now, I feel like I'm being a bit hard on myself so here are some things I already do that's worth a pat on the back:

1. Walk everywhere. We only have one car and I drive it maybe twice a month.

2. Pay bills online.

3. Try to consume less by making due with what I have. Plus, I shop at thrift stores. The less I buy new, the less that has to be produced.

4. Don't turn the lights on during the day.

5. Recycle everything possible.

You know, most of these things not only keep the Earth green but they are very economical as well, which works out for me because I have no plans on getting a paying job anytime soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Spring!

Yesterday, we wandered. Lane led the way.





This little guy kept looking right at me.



I love Spring.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Oy Vey!

The realization that my child is a boy is really getting to me. And one day he's going to grow up. I'm living it and I still can't picture it. I can't imagine having a 6 year old who loves bugs and dirt or a 14 year old who gets in a fist fight over a girl (little slut). I don't see a teenager wanting to drive and stay out all night. And I certainly can't see him moving out or getting married. All I can see is my little baby. I'm dreading the first argument we have when he tells me he hates me. Or worse yet, what if he runs away? Or winds up on drugs? How did our parents do it? I need a valium.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Determined to fly a kite yesterday, we headed to our expensive, neighborhood toy store. The place was packed, full of kids playing with never before seen toys and parents trying to keep their kids from wanting to buy every single overpriced toy in the place.

I learned two things yesterday.

First, my child is a boy. Sometimes I really forget this. Trying to speed things along I picked out two kites with the intention of Ryan confirming one of the choices and we would check out and be on our merry, kite-flying way. One kite had two adorable penguins standing in front of a beautiful rainbow. That's the one I really wanted. Cute, right? The runner up was a quirky little tree frog. I showed them to Ryan, asking him to pick one. He laughed. He hated both of them, saying they were too girly and picked out this one.


A freakin' shark. Are you kidding me? It was the ugliest one there. I really have no concept of what boys like.

Second thing I learned is that my child is a bully. He would walk up to every kid and snatch whatever they had in their hands and either run off with it or just throw it on the floor. I really need to socialize him but HOW? I try to talk to him about it but he just looks at me and shrieks. We go to story time at the library and to the playground to be around other kids but he just doesn't get it. Well, he's a work in progress. You always screw up the first one anyway, right?

After all of this we still haven't flown the stupid kite. It's been raining. Maybe tomorrow.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Can't Think of a Witty Title

The in-laws are gone and I have recovered. It took a few days. Not that my in-laws are bad people. I really like them. Very nice, normal mid western folks. Salt of the Earth type people. I got lucky in the in-law department. Not pushy or too involved. They keep their distance but pop in just enough to let us know they care. Couldn't ask for more.

We did all the touristy things while they were here and I must say that this is a beautiful place to live, even if it is just as expensive as Manhattan. It was opening weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival and for the first time I was able to see all the trees in full bloom. Absolutely beautiful. And of course, not one picture was taken.

It was also National Kite Flying Day and the day was perfect for it. I really want to fly a kite. I haven't done it since I was a bitty girl and it looks like sooo much fun. Look at all the kites. Doesn't it look like fun? Look closely and you can see the reflecting pool and the Lincoln Memorial in the background.


We really did have a fabulous day and I'm trying to convince Ryan we should go back today and have a picnic out there. He goes to work at his new job on Monday so I want to get as much in as possible before then.

The only glitch in an otherwise perfect day was I almost had a heart attack at the Lincoln Memorial. As you can see from the pictures, lots of people were out that day and they all decided to visit Ol' Abe at the same time. This is also when my genius husband decided that Lane needed to get out and stretch his legs. He took him from the safety of the stroller and let him walk all around the crowed memorial. I know he was watching him like a hawk but I kept panicking and thinking that someone could snatch him up at any second and disappear into the crowd. I'm still having nightmares about it.

We also saw the Vietnam Wall, and the Korean War Memorial. It was pretty emotional. I am not a war supporter, I'm a lover not a fighter, but I do not blame the soldiers. Especially the Vietnam War soldiers. Many of these men (boys) didn't have a choice. They bravely manned up to defend our country and too many died for it. Very sad. It makes me proud and patriotic to see our country memorialize them.


Vietnam Wall


Korean War Memorial

Other stops along the way included:


Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument


Abe


Lincoln Memorial


Washington Monument


White House (and the in-laws)

Once they were all gone, I decided I needed to catch up on laundry. I must have done someone wrong because the world was against me and my laundry. There I was, determined to get all 9 loads done when a strange man comes running into the basement laundry room screaming "I have a major water leak! It hasn't affected you yet but I'm looking for the resident manager to shut the water off!" Ok, whatever, I thought. Two minutes later, Niagara Friggin' Falls. Water crashed a hole through the ceiling and was flooding the basement. Fortunately, the laundry room was spared. However, we have those front loader machines that lock once you start them so your clothes are held hostage until the cycle is finished. So, I left them.

Forty-five minutes later I go to the basement to check things out and see if I could rescue my clothes from the machines and you would have thought the building was under attack. The fire department was here, the water and power was shut off and the resident manager was running around like it this was the defining moment of his career. You can tell he was putting all of his training into play - surveying damage, making out of order signs, notifying residents of the problem. I ask him if it's ok if I get my clothes out of the machines. The power was out but he had a flashlight the size of a crayon he let me use. I'm thinking I can just quickly unload the machines and go on my merry little way. Nope. The power was shut off in the middle of the wash cycle so the clothes were sitting in filthy water. I had to wring out each piece, the whole time trying to keep an eye on Lane and direct the tiny beam of light in the right direction. That's not the worst part. One of the loads was diapers. Yep, dirty diapers soaking in pee water. I had to wring each one out and haul all 50 pounds of wet laundry upstairs. And guess what? Since the water was turned off I COULDN'T WASH MY HANDS!!! I really wanted to die. Thank God Ryan was at the grocery store and he bought a couple of gallons of water so I was able to wash up as soon as he got home. Damn diapers!

Apparently, someone is moving into one of the apartments on the first floor and was doing a little remodeling in the kitchen. The plumbers hit a water pipe and that's what caused the pandemonium. Rumor has it that the person moving in is a mommy with a little girl about the same age as Lane. Yay!!! Maybe a friend for both of us.

Ok, I'm off to fly a kite.