Thursday, April 24, 2008

Scenes from the sofa

Scene: Evening on the sofa after dinner. The Husband has been complaining all day about a pulled muscle in his leg.

Husband: Ow. Ow. My leg is killing me.

Wife: Ooh, look - old Saturday Night Live with Justin Timberlake. Let's watch that.

Husband: Ow.

Justin sings.

Husband: You know that I'm bringing sexy back, don't you?

Wife: With that gimpy leg?

Husband: I'm bringing it slowly.


I'm sure that many of you have already received the email but in case you haven't Stephen Bonanno Sandals is having their annual Sunfest Sale. It lasts from May 1 - May 4 and you get $20 off EVERY PAIR of sandals you order. I just received a pair of the new Tiffany sandals and they are super cute. Love that grosgrain ribbon! If I can locate the camera I'm going to do a post on all my Bonanno's - I LOVE them! Go start playing around with the colors so you will be ready on the first!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I've got the fever

Spring cleaning fever has apparently hit me. Yesterday I picked up the 2,654,345 things that were downstairs that belong upstairs. No kidding, I think it took all day just to get everything back to where it was supposed to be. Today I tackled the pantry.

We moved here last July and basically just threw everything in. Then we stuck some office supplies on a shelf since we weren't sure where to put them. Some art supplies. Some extra cables (I still don't know what they are for). We figured we would organize it later.

Later arrived today.

I threw out a ton of expired food. (Why do I love throwing out expired food? I am almost disappointed if the food is still fresh. "Ooo, look, another can of tomato sauce stuck in the back! I bet that's expired! Rats! Not 'til Sep. 08. Damn!")

No worries though. We have plenty left in the larder. Although once I moved the art supplies, office supplies, paper shredder and cleaning products back to their homes, I found I now have two completely bare shelves!

More concerning perhaps, is that I discovered we have four (yes, four) boxes of confectioners sugar. Three are unopened and the fourth is pretty full. How does this happen? Who, exactly, is buying all this confectioners sugar? Also, we had a half full bag of flour (expired - hooray!), another half bag of flour (still good) and three full unopened bags of flour - one of baking flour and two of whole wheat! So if you want to come over and bake some whole wheat bread and then sprinkle it with powdered sugar, stop by. I've got plenty for everyone.

Maybe this is the only answer they give

Because every blog I have seen that has done this says:

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."

And I am too.


Thank you so much to everyone who commented with concern about Charlie. He's fine.

Until July I had a wonderful pediatrican - an 60 something man who was very no-nonsense but you never felt rushed and he always answered any questions without looking at his watch. He retired at the end of June but we were moving across town in July so the timing was good. His office (there are five or six other doctors in the practice) was opening a new branch office about a mile from my new house so I just transfered my records there and hoped for the best. And then this.

At first I had some doubts about this doctor because she is very young and has no children. (I don't know why I think this is so important since my ob/gyn is a male and I would fly in from Russia to have any future children delivered by him.) My problem isn't really with her so much but her nurses suck! Obviously, the one who screwed up my sons chart sucked and she is already gone but even before her "mistake" I didn't like her because she reeked of cigarette smoke. It was so strong I really thought she might have a lit one hidden in her pocket.

However, I don't like the new nurse either. She is as slow as molasses (she's not old) and she scares the kids. She's one of those people who gets right in kids faces and talks loud. "HELLO, CHARLIE! ARE YOU READY TO SEE THE DOCTOR!" And now he's crying. Which he wasn't before. Then she says, "OH, THEY REMEMBER THIS PLACE". Um, no, they are frightened of you. Shh. They're little.

So I'm on the hunt.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Double Shot

Last Thursday Charlie had his appointment for his 2 year well visit. No big deal. He is finally back on the charts weight wise which is good (23.6 lbs). Still growing (35 1/2 inches). Passed all the developmental crap (can point to body parts, talk somewhat). Great - get a couple of shots and we're outta there. Easy peasy.

Until that afternoon about 3:30 when the doctor calls me. Calls me. At home. She says she is sorry to bother me but she has a question. Did I remember if Charlie got any shots when he came in for his 18 month visit? I said I was pretty sure he did. Then she began talking very slowly. Very carefully. And explained to me that they had duplicated the shots from the last visit at todays visit. She explained that there was no need to worry - kids end up getting multiple immunizations due to moving and being unable to locate shot records, adoption, etc.

Which is all well and good but HOW did it happen? So I asked, weren't the nurses supposed to write everything down in his chart? I mean, Weren't they supposed to write down the vial number so the exact dose can be traced in case of some sort of problem? She said yes but that the nurse at his 18 month visit did not do any of that. The doctor caught the mistake when going over her notes and looked back at his 18 mo. visit where she had noted he needed shots. The nurse never did any paperwork so the "official" part of the chart had no information. And that nurse has already left the practice. Of course.

Whatever. I was nice to the doctor but started crying as soon as I hung up. Mostly because I was angry. And a little scared - I mean what if it wasn't just an immunization but something that could have caused real problems? Of course he's fine, but I think I am going to look for a new pediatrician. I'm already going gray - I don't need this extra stress.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

OK, no more posts about my kids singing.....probably

Yesterday, while out and about with the kiddos, the song "With You" by Chris Brown came on the radio. It starts out, "I need you boo, I gotta see you boo". Bobby jerked his head up and said, "See your POOP?" "NO!", I said, "See you, BOO!" "See your BOOB!?!" and at this point collapsed into hysterics. After that, every few minutes, you could hear him mutter, "See your boob!" and crack himself up. Maybe we need to go back to the Wiggles.


Thursday night my monitor died. The power flickered about three times but never went out. When I went back upstairs the monitor would not turn back on. To be fair, it is ten years old. Unfortunately, my husband was in the middle of a major crisis at work and since he is the guru of all things technical, I had to wait until last night to get and install my new monitor.

48 hours with no computer. I had no idea how hard that would be. I would rather it have been the television! But now I have a fancy 22" monitor which I am loving so it's all good. I had to spend about five straight hours catching up on email and my blogs. And I haven't even caught up on my shopping yet!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Me Me Me

I stole this from The Blissful Belle. Feel free to steal it, too. Here goes:

5 things I cannot live without under $10:

1. Diet Coke

2. Goody Tortiseshell hair clips to keep my hair out of my face - especially in the morning

3. Goldfish crackers for the kids

4. hand lotion - must have it accessible at all times

5. my library card - I visit a lot

5 Favorite Movies:

1. The Big Lebowski

2. Gosford Park

3. Out of Africa

4. Vanity Fair

5. Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck

5 Girl baby names you love (but won’t use):

1. Don't laugh - Persephone. I fell in love with this name during an 8th grade mythology unit and I STILL think it's beautiful. But I would never do that to my kid.

2. Daphne - see #1

3. Emma - LOVE this name but sounds ridiculous with our last name

4. Penelope - see #1

5. Grace - again this sounds ridiculous with our last name

5 Boy baby names you love (but won't use): All of these we wouldn't use because my husband HATES them:

1. Aidan

2. Tristan

3. Quentin

4. Ambrose

5. Duncan

5 songs you could listen to over and over:

1. The Painted Desert by 10,000 Maniacs

2. Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne

3. In the Waiting Line - Zero 7

4. anything by Guster

5. Only You - Yaz

5 things that stay in your purse all the time: My purse is also a giant diaper bag, so:

1. Goldfish crackers - see above

2. hand lotion - see above

3. ibuprofen - I get horrible migraines

4. a sippycup

5. an emery board

5 obsessions you have right now:

1. checking bloglines to see if my favorite bloggers have posted

2. Diet Coke - always

3. Sonic cheese sticks

4. Stephen Bonanno sandals - is it possible to have too many? I don't think so.


5 places you would really love to go:

1. A cruise through the Adriatic Sea

2. England

3. Italy

4. Germany

5. Russia

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My Shawty Gets Low

Do you guys know that song "Low" by Flo Rida? It's on the radio all the time and I guess little Charlie likes it. Whenever he hears it he says, in a really deep voice, "Low, low, low, low". Except that he can't say "L", so it comes out, "Wo, wo, wo, wo". It's really hysterical.


Last night I was finally able to get a babysitter and The Husband and I went to a new wine, cheese and tapas bar called Soif. Now I know you're thinking "Tapas? That's so 1999!" Well, in my husbands opinion it technically qualifies as a "medium plate" restaurant. All I know is, it was really good. I got the chef's four course tasting menu with wine pairings. I love getting pairings 'cause I love trying all the different wines. The first wine I had with my appetizer (which was an unbelievable radish soup) was a Budini Mendoza Malbec. I know, I never heard of it either, but they have a wine shop next to the restaurant and I left with two bottles. It is GOOD.

Anyway, you are probably still wondering about that radish soup. I really don't care for radishes. Does anyone? However, this soup was incredible. It was garlic, onion and radish pureed and had feta chesse and the tiniest little bits of tomato. I practically licked the bowl. I also had a tuna salad, quail and a dessert that was pound cake, brownie and fresh strawberries. I will definately be going back. The owner came over and gave us a tour of the wine shop and was really nice.

I am hoping that The Husband and I can do this more often since he is now a food writer/restaurant critic for a local paper. Sometimes I can't make it and he has a deadline, so I have been missing a bunch of great places. I am determined to not let this happen anymore! He has had a food blog for awhile. If you haven't visited it yet, do:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Mo counting

As I was about to post the last entry I thought, "Does this sound like I'm being braggy mom"? But then I thought hell, it's my blog I'm going to post it. When I told my husband about our counting prodigy we were reminded of our older son when he was in preschool. He could count to twelve just fine. However, all of the teen numbers must have sounded the same because he would just make up something and add "teen" to it. It was really hysterical. "Eleven, twelve, moteen, noteen". He came up with a bunch but I think those two were my favorites.