Friday, May 30, 2008

Ridiculous

Today at the playground I saw a mom wearing these sandals in black. No wonder I don't fit in with anyone around here. I honestly feel a deeper connection with the nannies these moms have following them around than the moms themselves.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Learn from my mistake.

ALWAYS have a back up of the pictures you have stored on your computer. If not, you will lose them all and sit in front of your computer for hours crying while searching through every file on the damn machine for the missing pictures. Then you will pray that your husband is smarter than you and can find them. And you will say over and over to yourself "I knew this would happen. I just knew it!". Then you will have to ask everyone you ever emailed pictures to if they happen to have saved them because you are a moron and lost them all. Then you will kick yourself for being lazy and only printing out the pictures of your baby from birth to 5 months. Then the rest of your life you will have to explain to your lovely son the reason no pictures exist of him from 6 months to 16 months. Then he will come up with a theory that he was adopted and you will have to break out the gory videos of his birth and possibly have to take a blood test to prove that he is indeed your biological child. Save yourselves this trouble and have a back up of all your pictures!

I never wanted it to come to this.

I was giving them the benefit of the doubt but this is now getting ridiculous. Pampers, you have dug your own hole. I was keeping all this nonsense to myself but I have no choice but to publicly out you now.

As you all know, I use cloth diapers. Well, in a moment of insanity, I purchased a pack of Pampers Baby Dry diapers. Immediately after using them, LT got a horrible rash. This was not a diaper rash. It was where the diaper met his leg and looked more like spider bites. I didn't think much of it. It took 2 weeks to go away but really just blamed myself because I know how crappy disposable diapers are and I went ahead and used them anyway. It wasn't until I heard other mommies on the BBC boards talking about the exact same thing that I thought I should contact Pampers about the issue. I wasn't out for a refund or trying to gain anything from it. I just thought they should know that babies were getting horrible rashes from their product and there may be something wrong with them.

I don't have a copy of my original email to them since I contacted them through their website but the the gist of it was I purchased your diapers, my son got a horrible rash that wasn't a diaper rash. I've heard others complain about the same issue and thought you should know. I use your wipes all the time but since this incident, I will discontinue use.

Below is the correspondence I've had with them since the original email:

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 18:59:16 -0400
> From: pg@custhelp.com
> To: r-*****@hotmail.com
> Subject: Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]
>
> Thanks for contacting us.
>
> I'm sorry about your child's recent experience.
>
> Our diapers are thoroughly evaluated to make sure they're safe for a baby's sensitive skin. In fact, they're hypoallergenic.
>
> Some factors that can contribute to the onset of diaper rash are diet, diarrhea, teething, the use of antibiotics, and upset stomach. Taking all of these things into consideration, it's hard to pinpoint the cause of your child's skin irritation. If your baby's condition doesn't improve, you may want to speak with your pediatrician.
>
> We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention, and I'm forwarding your report to our Health & Safety Group.
>
> Since the amount of help I can offer via email is limited, I'd like to follow up with you via postal mail. Please respond to this email with your mailing address.
>
> Thanks again for getting in touch.
>
> P&G Team
>
>
> [---001:000716:09056---]
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RE: Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: robin ******* (r-******@hotmail.com)
Sent: Fri 4/11/08 12:25 PM
To: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)

While I appreciate your quick response to my situation and am aware that your strategy is to divert blame, I am confident that my child's skin irritation IS from your diapers and IS NOT diaper rash. I do hope your Health and Safety group is made aware of the issue, as the more I talk about it with friends and family, the more I hear of similar situations. I am disappointed that I will no longer be using your brand, as it has served me well in the past but I hope you understand that my child's well being is my number one priority.

Sincerely,

Robin ******
(address)
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Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)

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Sent: Fri 4/11/08 1:31 PM
Reply-to: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)
To: r-******@hotmail.com


Thanks for writing.

We are sharing your concerns with our
Health and Safety Department.
However, if you would like reimbursement
for your package of diapers, please let
us know.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Pampers Team

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RE: Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: robin ****** (r-******@hotmail.com)
Sent: Sun 4/13/08 8:48 AM
To: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)


Thanks, I would like reimbursement. I payed $8.99 for the diapers. ($10.49 - $1.50 coupon). I no longer have the receipt.

Robin ******
(address)
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RE: Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: robin ****** (r-******@hotmail.com)
Sent: Sun 5/11/08 10:49 AM
To: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)


I'm writing to follow up on my reimbursement. It has been 4 weeks and no reply or reimbursement has been received. I replied to this message on 4/12 with my information.

Thanks,
Robin ******
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Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)
Sent: Sun 5/11/08 5:43 PM
Reply-to: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)
To: r-******@hotmail.com


Thanks for contacting us back.

I"m sorry, but we didn't receive your
information. Please contact us back
with the price you paid so we can
reimburse you.

Sorry for the delay.

Pampers Team
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RE: Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: robin ****** (r-*******@hotmail.com)
Sent: Sun 5/11/08 6:09 PM
To: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)


I paid $8.99.

Thanks,
Robin ******
(address)
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RE: Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: robin ****** (r-******@hotmail.com)
Sent: Thu 5/22/08 3:06 PM
To: pg@custhelp.com



I received a letter thanking me for contacting P&G and a $2 off Metamucil coupon. Is this supposed to be my reimbursement?

Thanks,
Robin ******
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Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)
Sent: Thu 5/22/08 4:13 PM
Reply-to: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)
To: r-******@hotmail.com


Dear Ms. ******,

I'm sorry you didn't receive your check.
I'm looking into this immediately,
and will get back in touch with you once
I find out what happened with your refund check.

Thanks for getting in touch,
Kelly K.
Pampers Team

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RE: Thanks for contacting P&G [Incident: 080410-003091]‏
From: robin ****** (r-******@hotmail.com)
Sent: Thu 5/29/08 9:02 AM
To: P&G Consumer Relations (pg@custhelp.com)


Any word on my refund?

Thanks,
Robin ******

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I haven't heard back from them. Should I stop wasting my time? I really don't care about the money. It's about the principal of the matter now. I didn't ask for a refund. They offered it. I just think they should follow through on what they promised. What do you think?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Passport to Ryan

Guess who was in the Hudson the other day? Samantha Brown from Passport on the Travel Channel. She was filming a show about DC and was there to talk to the mixologist , John Hogan.

Ryan served them this dish he calls PB&J which is foie gras and peanut butter mousse with ginger and plum jam. They loved it and filmed it and took pictures of it. So be on the look out for this episode. I have no idea when it will air or even if any of it will make the cut but it's all very exciting anyway.

I'm pretty sure he has a crush on Samantha Brown now. I don't blame him. She's cute.

While we're talking about celebrities Ryan gets to meet, Buzz Aldrin of moon landing fame was also there other night.

Yeah, and the highlight of my week was going to the gyno.

(Sorry about the fois gras Windy City Vegan. I know how you feel about it. Don't let this reflect upon me. I don't eat that shit because well, it's nasty. I learned a lot from your post by the way. Now I can say I don't eat it because of the treatment of the animals. Doesn't that sound more mature of me?)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Find the cat...


Hidden in this pile of laundry. The winner gets to come over and fold it for me! I'll even sit on the bed and keep you company and tell you where to put it. And yes, those are my underwear on the top of the pile. Stop looking at them and look for the cat. I promise there's one in there.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A conversation with my husband

Me: You know my sister is still trying to get rid of that cat. They wouldn't take her at the local shelter since they live outside the city limits. She's thinking about taking her to the one in New Orleans.

Ryan: Don't they have enough problems down there?

Me: Yeah, you're right. One more cat just might break them.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Per your request


A picture of my new haircut. Pretty cute, huh? Please ignore my oily face. I'm calling it my dewy summer look.

Just a little background: I've always had long hair. Sometimes super long, sometimes kinda long. I've attempted to cut it short twice before. Once I had Ryan do it (I know, nuts). Once I just walked into a random salon on a whim. Both times were an utter nightmare. The last time I was so scarred I didn't cut if for a whole 14 months. It was so nasty by then I had no choice but to cut it off again. I have to say, I love it this time. I finally found a stylist who knows what the she's doing. I know some of y'all were dying to see what the hell I look like anyway. I hate reading blogs and not having a face to put with it. You all should feel pretty special too. I've been wary about posting pictures online. Since hardly any of you leave comments I'm not sure who I'm exposing myself to. Now, leave a comment to introduce yourself.

Monday, May 19, 2008

I thought I was clever

And could sneak turkey meatballs past Ryan. He spotted them as soon as he walked into the kitchen. He's a "real meat" man. I also got a "What the hell is that for?" when he saw the tofu in the fridge. Don't get me wrong, I like beef. I'm just trying to take baby steps in a healthier direction. Tonight I'm trying to sneak turkey pepperoni onto our homemade pizzas. I think I'll get him this time.

Why is it?

That when you try on clothes in the store's fitting room you look thin and beautiful and when you get home you look like your fat ass self again? Am I the only one this happens to? I can't tell you how many times I've bought clothes only to get home and question what the hell I was thinking. This is why my wardrobe sucks. I used to have the best clothes. I looked cute, I felt good. Now, my closet is stocked with stupid plain t shirts and jeans. Puke. I think I'm going shopping with my Bush bucks when LT wakes up. It is, after all, my civic duty to put that money back into the economy right? Wish me luck. Not only with finding nice clothes but with shopping with a toddler.

Tub Time

LT has been pretty bored with his bathtub toys so I went looking for something new. I really wanted to get him some bathtub paint, mainly because I thought I would have fun with it too. Do you know how expensive that shit is? Being the craftster and the cheapo that I am, I knew I could make it myself. I remember seeing this project somewhere months ago but didn't remember the recipe so I came up with my own. I mixed liquid soap with flour until it was the right consistency then poured it into an ice cube tray. Luckily I had one with a lid which never really worked that well for ice. Next, I added food coloring to each cube and mixed it with a toothpick. It was fun experimenting with colors. This would be a great lesson on which colors mix to make other colors for older kids too. The only problem is I only had wheat flour so the colors came out a bit muddy. I think next time I'll try white flour or cornstarch.

There's an added benefit to this too. It's soap so when you wash it off, it cleans your tub. Who doesn't like a clean tub? Note: If your kid has sensitive skin you might want to use baby wash as the base. Also, be careful, this can make the tub pretty slick. It is soap after all.

Friday, May 16, 2008

It's Official. I've Gone International.

That's right. Canadian readers! You know, my New Orleans accent often gets mistaken for a Canadian one. I've been asked numerous times what part of Canada I'm from. It's the way I say "house" that gets people. And in a way they're right. My family migrated from France to Canada and then down to the Big Easy. That Canadian blood must be pretty thick to be showing up in little old me 150 years later. Welcome, new readers, to my tiny corner of the internet. Make yourself at home. Anything goes here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Is is really so wrong to leave story time at the library early so you don't miss breakfast at McDonald's? Something has to give here. Either the library needs to start story time later or McDonald's needs to serve breakfast all day. I should have a talk with them. I wonder who will be more easily persuaded to see my side of things. I'm thinking the library. I envision the conversation going something like this:

Me: Look, this story time thing is interfering with my nutritional requirements. You're making me choose between the social and educational development of my child and my need for the salty, fatty goodness of the golden arches. We need to move things around.

Librarian: Oh, yes of course, crazy lady. Anything for you and your book throwing, non sitting still, bully kid! While we're at it, why don't we just come to your house for story time. That way you don't even need to get dressed.

Me: I knew you'd understand.

I'm beginning to think McDonald's and the library are in cahoots. They schedule it this way just to run me out early. After all, LT has no interest in listening to stories. It always starts out ok. He sits still long enough to scan the room and calculate his plan. Then, without warning, he's across the library with someone's sippy cup in his hand and mountains of books on the floor along the way. Occasionally, there's an injured kid to show for it too.
Me: How do you like my new haircut?

Ryan: Looks good. The nerd thing is in.

Me: What? Now that's not nice.

Ryan: I'm sorry. You're right. The nerd thing really isn't in.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Meet the Bitty Bird's

Made from paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Trust me, the resemblance to our family is striking. I definitely had more fun making them than LT had playing with them.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

to all the moms reading this, especially my own.

Dear Mom,

I finally know. I get it. I always knew you loved me but I didn't understand the type of love it was. Not until I had LT did I realize. A whole new kind of love is created when you have a child. No one can explain it to you. You just have to experience it. Then a funny thing happens. You not only love your child with this new kind of love but you are now able to love your parents with it too. Someone needs to come up with a new name for it because love doesn't do it justice.

Thank you for being a super mom. You managed to do what I only hope I can do. You are not only a mom but a friend to both my sister and I. You pulled it off beautifully.

I love you,
Robin

P.S. Sorry about all the "fucks" in my blog lately. Sometimes the mood strikes me.

Friday, May 09, 2008

A few phrases...

I'm trying to bring back:

Gag me with a spoon

Word to your mother (or word up, whichever catches on first)

Trifflin'

Ganked

And a few I wish would go away already:

That's hot

OMG!

Hot mess

Anyways

Ode to TV

What the fuck is wrong with Tyra Banks? I really think she has a few screws loose. I love ANTM but only the competition/photo shoot part of it. Tyra really ruins the show. How does she keep getting work? And how does she manage to make EVERYTHING about her. She's the biggest one upper I've ever seen.

As lame as it sounds, another show I really like is Wheel of Fortune. LT likes it too. I tell myself it's ok for him to watch because it's educational. It teaches him the alphabet. I think he likes the flashy, spinning wheel too. Oh, who am I kidding. I don't need an excuse to let him watch TV. It's always on in this house.

Remember the old school Wheel of Fortune, where the camera would pan around the studio and the winner would shop for prizes? For some reason they always had a ceramic dog. And remember when Vanna had to actually turn those letters? My, have times changed. I wonder if she got a pay cut because her job got easier.

Ryan is great at Jeopardy. He knows every damn answer. Makes me feel dumb watching it with him. Amazing how he can remember so much useless information but can't remember what I told him 5 minutes before.

Other shows worth mentioning:

Clean House. I love Niecy Nash. I think we'd be friends if we knew each other. Plus, I'm nosy and like to see how other people live.

Jon and Kate plus 8. Kate can be such a bitch and doesn't care what people think. You gotta love that. Poor Jon.

Yo Gabba Gabba. It's like a modern version of Sesame Street. You have no choice but to dance when it's on.

Rob and Big. Scripted but funny none the less.

Speaking of TV, everywhere I've lived there has been that one local commercial that everyone knows that has become sort of a local legend. In DC it's Easterns Motors. This is by far the best of any I've seen. Check a couple of them out here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=asfTaex84H0

www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6CslpftOe4

You're gonna be singing that song all day. I promise.

Updates:

-I have successfully stuck to the meal plan for the entire week. I'm planning out and shopping for next week when LT goes to bed. It has really made it easier not to have to think about food. There's so much more time for the internet now.

-Ryan still hasn't had a day off (I think it's been 37 days straight). I feel really bad for him but I know there isn't much I can do but make his time at home stress free. That's not too easy either since I'm a bit of a drama queen and can overreact easily. And I need a lot of attention, hence this blog.

Gotta go now. LT, is pulling on my leg which probably means I've ignored him for too long today.

P.S. Hello to all my BabyCenter friends. Glad to see you stopped by! The momma drama is off the charts over there right now and I love it. You ladies are making me neglect my kiddo! Good thing he's good at entertaining himself.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

I know. I'm a nerd.

Surprisingly, I've found one of the hard things about being a mom is feeding my boy. I don't mean actually feeding him, I mean planning and preparing the meals. Two things that are really working against me are that 1. I want him to eat a well balanced diet and 2. he only has 6 teeth, so menu options are limited. Plus, I want to to all this on a budget. On a good week, I like to have some sort of plan for what we will eat that week. If nothing else, at least ideas for dinner. I've found myself in a rut. We have no variety. I find a good meal that LT likes and I stick with it. I can tell he's really getting sick of it. Sometimes he looks at me like "Oh....Again?"

Last night a rare moment occurred. Think of it like an eclipse. Everything has to line up just right. I actually had time to myself, enough energy to think, and an itch to get organized. So what else is there to do but come up with a system to solve my feeding woes. I took colored squares of paper and wrote down as many breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas I could think of. Things I knew he could eat and that Ryan and I would enjoy too. I wrote all the breakfast ideas on red squares, lunch on yellow, dinner on green and snacks on blue. I put the days of the week on dark blue across the top then I just dealt them out. I could easily change things around to take into account leftovers or things that can be carried over to make other meals. Like leftover roasted chicken could be used for chicken salad sandwiches for lunch the next day.

Then I made a grocery list based on the menu. I think I'll even make permanent cards with the recipes on the back so when I make my grocery list all I have to do is look on the back of the card to see what ingredients I need to buy. I figure this way I only have to grocery shop once a week and I know we have enough food 'cause it's all planned out.

Next, I stacked the cards in the order we would eat them so I just have to remove them as we have that meal and the next meal is right there on top. Genius.


Ryan made fun of me. He said it was like Richard Simmons's Deal a Meal.

Of course, we all know I can't stick to anything for very long. Remember the book club? And I've been knitting LT a blanket since before I even knew he was a boy. Chances are I won't make it through the week. But hey, my optimism is as strong as my inability to see things through. Keep your fingers crossed.

I almost forgot the best part. I had groceries delivered and I felt like I was back in New York. We lived on the fifth floor of a walk up in Manhattan and grocery shopping was a nightmare. You could only buy what you could haul up the steps which wasn't much. Especially when I was pregnant. It was hard enough carrying myself up those damn steps, all 61 of them. When we weren't ordering in or eating out I relied on the wonderful services of Fresh Direct, an online grocery store. They delivered all the food in cardboard boxes so thank you Fresh Direct, you also helped me move.

I discovered Peapod, the DC version of Fresh Direct and I think I'm in love. Now I'm back to my online grocery shopping self. It's heaven really, especially to a coupon user like myself. It's almost impossible to grocery shop with a baby much less try to use coupons when you do. I actually feel like I'm getting a better deal now because I have time to compare prices and shuffle through all my coupons. The only down side is they deliver their groceries in like a million plastic bags. Bags I don't want. I guess it's give and take.