Saturday, June 30, 2007

Trying something new. Tell me what you think.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The results are in.

Chatty Chicka, blog diva from So Many Blogs, So Little Time has posted her review of Ruth Speaks up here.

Why is validation from a complete stranger so satisfying? Of course now, the obsessive part of me wants to shoot for 10 out of 10.

I agree with her comments on the template. I chose the plain black at a time when it seemed appropriate, but perhaps it's time for a change. If only I were a little more computer savy, I might have an easier time with the free blog template sites. We'll work on that.

And I promise not to blog in different colors again.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

He is his mother's son...

We have discovered that chocolate might, in fact, be the key to getting the precious, darling boy to use the potty...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Potty training is not going well...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Some good music for kicking ass on the elliptical... these folks rock

Rocco DeLuca & the Burden
Swing Low

Amy Winehouse

Don't Let Me Get Me

Friday, June 15, 2007

I love my husband . . .

I love my husband . . .

I love my huband . . .

My inability to access blogger yesterday was the result of an 'update' he made to our computer...

... which has now been reversed...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


My blog is set to be reviewed by diva Chatty Chicka at So Many Blogs, So Little Time on June 27...

I'm on pins and needles!

I MUST get to work on this place!!!

The boy is enrolled to start preschool in the fall. This is, as expected, breaking my heart. BUT… he very much needs to start being around other kids on a regular basis. We've been lucky, lucky, lucky not to have had to put him in daycare thus far, but it's time for him to start developing his social skills. He's ready for it, as is obvious when he encounters other kids at the park, or at church, or even in the toy aisle at Wal-mart.
So potty training has begun (again) in ernest. If we can get through this, I think it will be a miracle. We're bribing. We're sitting him on the apparatus and letting him cry. It has to be done, and it has to be done now. It should've been done quite a while ago, but I won't even get started on that. I hate the feeling that we're forcing him. So much that you read (which I'm sure I do too much of) says that you shouldn't force, but then other things you read say strip them down, show them where the toilet is, and tell them they have no choice. Why can you show the cat the litter box once or twice and they're good to go, but with children you have to struggle so much?
With this has come, for him, a new fascination with flushing the toilet. In case you were curious, the following items can be flushed, individually, without clogging the pipes:
a Reach© flosser handle
a handful of cotton balls
a tube of Arbonne eye cream (so much for the dark circles under my eyes)
a sample pack of Pantene texturizing shampoo and conditioner
a travel-size jar of Vaseline petroleum jelly
a tube of children's non-flouride toothpaste
I'm sure this list will continue to grow. Maybe I'll add it to the sidebar so I can keep it updated...

Saturday, June 02, 2007

"All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it"

I am a sucker for the claw machines that are packed tightly with cheaped stuffed animals. I have been known to waste a doller or two... or more... if I see something on the top layer that strikes my fancy. I've had pretty good luck with them over the years - a monkey here, an alligator there - but today as I was leaving the grocery store, I couldn't believe what I saw in the machine just outside the exit. What a find! I put in a dollar, which bought me two chances. I got it on the first try, though...

Yes, my friends, that is in fact Harry S Truman, the 33rd president of the United States of America. His tag says that he is one in a collection of twelve of our presidents that have been immortalized as part of the Sugar Loaf line of plush toys from Coinstar Entertainment Services, Inc. The collection includes Richard Nixon - what a coup that would be!! You can bet that I'll be keeping an eye out for him!

Harry will be seeing the sights with me this summer, so be sure to check back often for updates on THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY!