Need to Kick-Start the blogging again.

March 7th, 2010

I was on a role for a while. Not quite sure what happened. Well, I do know what happened. I’ve been trying to spend less time on the computer. And that’s been a good thing.

Random things I’ve been up to….

….Milo learned to walk. He went from tottering between furniture to chasing Lexi and the dogs around the house in about 5 days. We now have a human tornado living in our house. He also likes to spin himself in circles until he’s too dizzy to stand.

….I got called for Jury Duty. It’s not a bad deal. I call in at night and they tell me if I need to show up or call in. I’ve lucked out and have only had to call in at nine and/or noon the next day, only to be told I’m not needed and to call in again tomorrow. Only downside is the two weeks worth of lesson plans I’ve had to write. But, really, not complaining about it. It’s been fun to do stuff like take the kids to the zoo.

….went to the Minnesota Zoo with Lexi and Milo. Milo learned a new phrase “See it!” or “See it?” depending on whether or not he spotted the animals. Both kids love the dolphins. We watched a short training session and then spent another 20 minutes just sitting in the bleachers watching the dolphins swim and splash around. Incidentally, the MN Zoo is a great winter activity. Discovery Bay, the Tropics Trail and the Minnesota Trail are all connected and it takes about 30 minutes to get through each one. And you never have to go outside.

….I taught myself how to crochet over Christmas break. And I really like it. It’s super fast and looks really cute when finished. So far I’ve made about 6 hats, a sweater, a blanket, a poncho, and about 30 headbands.. Only downside is it takes much more yarn than knitting so depending on the project, it can be a little pricey. I’ll try and get a few pictures up in the next couple days.

….I’ve made a few sales from my etsy shop. Oh, and I started making jewelry as well. I needed a lanyard for work and decided to make one and I had left over supplies so I made a few other things. Then when I raided all my craft stuff I realized I had a pretty big pile of beads and other jewelry making supplies so I gave it a shot. It’s not my favorite thing to do but it’s different than sewing or knitting or crochet, so I like it. Oh, and my etsy shop is also supporting charity:water.


January 27th, 2010

In 2006 Madeleine was the 337th most popular girls name.

Alexis was 14th in 2006 and Lexi was 345th.

In 2008, they were 271st, 15th, and 299th respectively.

Change the spelling and Madeline was number 71 in 2006 and 56 in 2008.

In 2008 Milo was 449th.

Just in case you were wondering.

NaBloPoMo Post #11: A reminder and a few random things.

November 10th, 2009

First, the reminder:

Don’t forget. This Friday. Everyone who blogs, everyone on twitter, facebook, myspace, forums. Everyone buy your first gift of the season. $10 from everyone can bring clean water to millions of people around the world.

Post this on whatever you use to get the word out. Remember, on Friday, November 13 spend $10. The first gift you buy this year.

A few random things.

  • Conferences are a week from Thursday. My report cards are finished. Comments are written. Files are organized. With over a week to spare. Go me.
  • Sesame Street turned 40. Sesame Street taught my kid what ‘predicament’ means. Happy Birthday.
  • I think we are on round 2 of the flu in my class. The kids that were out sick about 3 weeks ago are now out sick again. It’s nice to have only 12 kids in my class, it gets a little dull. I hope they get better soon. We all miss them.
  • My class got a compliment from the teenagers who hang out in the parking lot near our school. Typically, this group of teenagers is obnoxious, shouting, swearing with no regards to anyone around them. My class walked by and they all agreed that “they are really good and cute and respectful.” Way to go kindergarten.
  • Baking soda and vinegar works really well as an alternative to shampoo. And it’s about a million times cheaper.

Random Topics

September 28th, 2009

Random Topic #1

Does anyone know why I’m so interested in Portland, OR? Seriously, when I think about moving (which we are currently not planning on) I never think about moving across town or to a different neighborhood. Nope. I go straight to Portland. And here’s the odd thing about it. I’ve never been there. I’ve never even been to the Northwest. But the idea of living there is very, very appealing to me.

Random Topic #2

The kids’ Halloween costumes are almsot finished. Lexi got her wish and gets to be a green princess. She’s tried on the dress twice but has declared she can’t wear it until Halloween. And Milo is going to be the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. He was going to be a bumble bee because that’s the costume I had left over from Lexi 2 years ago but the princess dress pattern was actually the pattern for the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz. And the Scarecrow pattern was included so Milo gets to be a scarecrow. And he’s going to look adorable. Pictures of the costumes and kids in said costumes will be coming soon.

Random Topic #3

Twitter killed blogging. All my friends that used to entertain me in blog-land have abandoned ship for twitter. I check google reader and the only updates I get are news blogs. Come on, don’t let the blogs die!

Random Topic #4

Kid updates.

Lexi is now taking a gymnastics/dance class. Parents aren’t allowed to stay and watch the class so the only info I have is what I glimpse through the window and what she tells me. I usually wait outside the gym in the hall and I can always hear Lexi. She’s loving class because all I hear is “WHOO-HOO! I did it! Ms. Jessie did you see me? I DID IT!” (even though she is the most ungraceful one in the class).

Milo is a crawling machine. He’s also obsessed with saying “all done”. I think he sort of knows what it means but mostly I think he just likes saying it. But don’t confuse it with his other phrase “up down”. There are other things he has words for but are kind of hard to understand still. He says “hi” and “dog” but they come out more as “i” and “dah-g”.

Random Topic #5

We’re on season 3 of The O.C. Total teenage drama. Total waste of time. Love it.

Odds and Ends

April 15th, 2009

I need to blog and I’ve got a lot of things I want to blog about but not much to say about each topic so let’s just cram them all into one post, shall we? Great.

  1. Milo goes to the audiologist tomorrow. Or maybe it’s the opthomologist. I don’t remember which. But he’s got appointments at both. Nothing serious just the routine stuff they do for infants who are born in the States. Mostly to get a baseline incase things come up later.
  2. Milo had giardia. It’s a gross little parasite that comes from drinking contaminated water or poor sanitation. Luckily in the States we have meds that can treat it but unfortunately the meds taste horrid and give the patient stomach cramps so he gets really pissed when we give him the meds three times a day.
  3. I go back to work on Monday. I’m looking forward to being back at work because I miss the routine and just being at work but I’ve heard (and seen) that my class has been less than stellar so Monday probably won’t be a super-happy-yeah-ms. abby’s-back kind of day. It’s going to be more of a oh-crap-we’re-in-so-much-trouble-we’re-lucky-if-we-even-hear-the-word-recess-again kind of day.
  4. School is out May 29. Which means there are only 29 days left of school. And one of those days is the end of the year field trip. One is the student coucil field trip. One is the class picnic. One is 8th grade graduation and one is kindergarten graduation. So it’s only 24 days left of teaching. But who’s counting?
  5. I’m working on a sweater for a friend’s baby. It’s almost done and I am really liking the yarn. I think I may have to make Lexi a sweater out of the same stuff.
  6. We met with our social worker today for our first post-placement report. And surprise, surprise there’s more paperwork.
  7. Yesterday I took both kids, by myself, to a friend’s house. It felt very grown-up to be dealing with a toddler and an infant and not losing my cool – even when the toddler pooped in her pants twice and the infant started scream while I was cleaning up the toddler.
  8. I’m really tired. My bedtime has officially moved from sometime around 11 to 9:15. Which means I’m up way past my bedtime.
  9. It’s spring. Windows can be open. Sun is shining and I can wear sandals again.

All My Base Are Belong To You.

April 1st, 2009

Instructions from a free thermometer that came in the mail today.

Under “Take Temperature”

When you measure your body temperature, please remain to measure at the same place for some time.

To take temperature under tongue, before measurement please close your mouth for 5 minutes or so, then insert the sensor part under the tongue, keeping nestled and close your mouth.

To take temperature in the armpit, before measurement please completely wipe the sweat there away, then close the armpit for about 5 minutes and insert the sensor part against the center of the armpit closely. Put both left and right waist intersection, making the thermometer in contact with the user’s body closely.

Under “Cautions”

This thermometer has already been calibrated while making. If use according to the operation instruction, does not need to calibrate again. Such as having doubt to the accuracy that is measured, please contact us.

Under “Notice”

Help user to be that square qualified technical staff repair, by but repair the parts that manufacturer appoint, can demand to offer to our company.

Under “Warning”

Don’t swallow the battery. It’s dangerous to your life. Please store the battery at a safe place where children can’t reach it. If anyone swallowed the battery, send him to the hospital for diagnosis and treatment at once.

Under “Quality Warranty”

This thermometer is guaranteed for one year under proper use according this instruction from the date that the product is sent out the factory.

And the Randomness Continues…

March 13th, 2009
  • This is funny. Funny and sad. I’m not a fan of Ayn Rand. But I’m  fan of Colbert and I love this: … when millions are losing jobs, losing homes and losing hope, there is nothing more important than putting yourself first.”
  • This weekend is all about the packing. I kept telling myself I wanted to be packed before this weekend but then I cam up with about 482,000 other things to do. So this weekend is packing and laundry. Well, technically, it’s laundry then packing.
  • One weekend and two work days left until we are on a plane.
  • One weekend and 5 days left until we meet our son.
  • I got this update on Milo from a friend who is in Ethiopia right now: “He is beautiful and healthy and has a great smile.  He is tiny – especially his little legs and bottom, but his tummy is a good size.  No signs of any sickness at all. You may want to bring some pretty small diapers (perhaps newborn size). He spent some of the time here sitting in his bobby chair, so if you don’t have one, get one, he really liked it.  He was pushing up and holding his head up really well.  Also, he REALLY likes to be held, so that is a perfect fit for a sling wearing momma!!! You will see for yourself soon – but really, nothing to worry about at all.  He was hanging out without a diaper and had no messes, so i think any intestional issues have certainly cleared up!”

More Randomness

March 10th, 2009

I’m guessing until we leave these posts are going to be filled with random thoughts and ramblings. Sorry.

1. I won! Okay, I hardly ever win anything. But I entered a blog give away on Infinita Diversidade and I won. My package (from Brazil) arrived today. I had completely forgotten about it because it took over a month to get here (cuz, you know, it was coming from Brazil). I’m excited about this loot. Check it out:
My Winnings
There’s a big pile of fat quarters, 3 different colors of felt, floss, beads, a handmade birthday card, really cool lace/trim, thread, buttons and ribbon. Plus, the little tan bag with the teapots is actually a bag containing an apron that she made.

Apron from my Winnings

2. We left tonight (in a mini snow storm, mind you) to run errands. We needed to go to REI, IKEA and Target. We got to the exit of REI and guess who threw up, again, for the second time since Friday? So we pulled over, cleaned up Lexi and headed back home. Where she threw up again. Blech. Although now she’s watching Veggie Tales and demanding water and food. I’m thinking she’ll be fine.

3. My lesson plans, preping everything the sub will need, photocopies, and supplies are all ready to go. The finished copies of the lesson plans and classroom routines ended up being somewhere between 75-100 pages. It’s amazing how much you need to tell a person to in order to leave them in charge of 21 kindergarteners. My room is almost cleaned out as well. Only things that still need cleaning belong to the kids so they will be cleaning on Monday and Tuesday.

4. It’s hard to believe that in 10 days we will go from a family of 3 to a family of 4.

Random things

March 7th, 2009
  • I’ve updated the wish list links on my blog. There’s one for me, one for Lexi and one for Milo.
  • If you are one of the generous people who is letting Milo borrow your son’s clothes, thank you. We really appreciate it.
  • If you are one of the people who have sent me hats, thank you.

The Late, Great Dr. Seuss

February 22nd, 2009

I love Dr. Seuss. I always have and always will. I was searching for a quote (and didn’t find it) but I came across these two:

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”