Archive for June, 2008

Jun 27 2008

no phone. *sniff*

As you may or may not know, I stash things in my bra from time to time.

Yesterday I worked from home, and when quittin’ time came ’round, I made up some PBJs, tossed some grapes in a tupperware, filled up some water bottles, and stuffed all the various swimming paraphenalia into a bag. I went upstairs and got my swimming suit on, went downstairs grabbed all the stuff, stuck my keys and my phone in the top of my swimming suit and took off to get the kids. They were very excited to go to the pool.

And of course, I forgot about my phone, in my suit, until after I was in the pool.

It’s dead now. Completely defunct.

I am eligible to get a new phone but they’d probably try to lock me down to a 2 yr contract and James and I are eyeing the new i-phone. I know we shouldn’t get them, because aside from the $400 bucks for 2 phones, the monthly bill would be a lot more than we’re paying now because we’d have to add a data plan for each of us. I get mad at our cell phone bill NOW and if we got iphones it would be $60 BIGGER.. Grr.

But with no phone now, and the new i-phone coming out in 2 weeks for only $199… Well, I’m making no promises.

The saddest part? Whenever I got a new phone, I was going to keep this one to be my bedside sudoku game phone. Hmph.


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Jun 26 2008

observations from a 34-year old

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I’m working from home today.

It’s nice that I can save on gas now and then.

Our basement furnace/ac has water pooling underneath it. Not happy. They should be out here soon. Hopefully the drain is just clogged up or something.

I’d rather use the gas then have HVAC woes. I don’t like HVAC woes. They are woeful.

Whenever I work at home I turn on the TV, plop myself on the couch to work on my laptop while I watch reruns of sit-coms I’ve seen a bajazillion times. It’s like background noise. A year or so ago, I was all about Friends, but lately I’ve been on a Scrubs kick.

Well, I’ve gone through all the Scrubses (it’s top of the list lately).

All the Sexes in the Cities have been watched and deleted too.

I went looking for other old shows that I love to put on the Tivo’s Season Pass. Did you know that Clean Sweep is no longer running on TLC? What is that about?? I hope it’s just because it’s on a break or something because that’s a great show. What if it’s cancelled? I know google could answer these questions for me, but that would be too easy. Much better to wonder aloud on your blog to the internet.

Luckily I’m saved from no-background-noise-in-the-form-of-old-tv-shows-while-working from an old saved Sound of Music. The hills are alive, yo.

Anyone else love to watch old shows they’ve already seen a thousand times?

(I also love to re-read books I’ve read a thousand times. I’ve gone through many many copies of the Anne of Green Gables series.)

-amy goes to get her nuked food out of the microwave. AND THEN SHE EATS IT. RAWRM-NUM-NUM!


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Jun 26 2008

observations from the 6-year-old

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Ethan has a book called the “Train of States.” Each page is dedicated to each state with pictures of notable things about that state. Each page has the state flower, tree, bird, motto, nickname, capital etc. along with anything else interesting about that state.

Along the top of the Pennsylvania page is a row of notable folks from Pennsylvania from early american history, one of which was Benjamin Franklin.

Ethan: Who’s that?
me: Benjamin Franklin.
Ethan: What’d he do?
me: Well, he did a LOT of very cool things. He was the man who invented the light bulb! (and yes, as soon as I uttered these words I suspected I was totally wrong and of course I was, sorry Thomas Edison!)
Ethan: WOW!
me: Well, actually [backpedaling] I don’t think he invented the lightbulb. But he WAS the man who discovered ELECTRICITY!
Ethan: Mommy! He was the one that turned the OLDEN DAYS into the NOW DAYS!

That one totally floored me. The olden days = days before electricity! He’s kind of right 🙂

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Jun 20 2008

father’s day & gamer boy

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One of the things we did for James for father’s day was make superman t-shirts. One for daddy (SuperDaddy!), one for Ethan (SuperBoy!) and one for Jocelyn (SuperGirl!).

Ethan didn’t want to wear his on Father’s day, but Jocelyn was more than game. A shot of SuperDAddy and SuperGirl at SuperSweetWaterTavern where the supers get their Father’s day sustenance (not to mention beer).

supergirl and superdaddy!

I also made a print of this image and framed it for James:

street art by Dolt

It was a nice father’s day, even though near the end I did have to say to James, “I realize it’s father’s day and I should be watching the kids so you can relax and all, but you may have to step in in order to keep me from strangling them.

In other news, summer camp is in it’s first week, which means lots of fun activities for the kids at school. Ethan usually goes somewhere for a specific activity (bowling, pool, mini golf) in a school van in the morning, and then comes back in the afternoon more open playtime. He is also allowed to take his Nintendo DS to school (which wasn’t allowed during the school year by us or the school) and he usually is playing it when I pick him up.

Wednesday as I was tucking him in to bed, he said, “My neck hurts.” Now, James has been sick for the last three days so I immediately checked his forehead for any signs of fever and felt his glands. All fine.

“Is it inside your neck, like your throat? Or more on the outside, like your muscles?”

“It’s on the outside.”

Hmm. I told him he’d feel better in the morning and left it at that.

Yesterday when I picked him up at school, again, he was playing his DS. I tore him away so he could you know, say Hi or give me a hug or something, and noticed his eyes were red-rimmed and somewhat bloodshot. Suddenly I realized what his “sore neck” was from.

“How long did you play your DS today?” I asked him on the way home.
“A LONG time,” he answered.

We have a gamer-boy on our hands, who has strained neck muscles from hunching over and bloodshot eyes from peering at the screen for who knows how many hours a day.

I told him when we got home, the DS was done for the day. I also stressed the importance of taking BREAKS and that there were LOTS of OTHER things he could do at summer camp, he didn’t have to JUST play his DS all afternoon. I also talked to one of the counselors and asked her to maybe encourage him to do some other things this afternoon. We’ll see.



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Jun 13 2008

evidence of the DC area storm

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About a week and a half ago now, a very strong, though brief, storm came barreling across the DC area. I listened to the radio as I was driving home, and it was a doozy, but passed through the area pretty quickly. It only took about 10 minutes to go over my office, and by 20 minutes, the skies were bright again.

But in that 10 minutes, much havoc was wreaked – all OVER the place.

On my way home a tree was blocking an entire lane on Lee Highway in Merrifield:

An old building on Prosperity had the roof completely blown off:

That white wall behind the wreckage? That’s the building it blew off of.

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Jun 13 2008

Friday, POOL day!

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It has been a really nice week.

Children-wise, I mean.

The kids have been so happy go lucky. Last Friday was the last week of “school” and this week was designated as “daycare only” at their school, which means Ethan has gotten to bring his Nintendo DS to school with him and play to his little heart’s content, and probably not much of any change for Jocelyn.

Next week summer camp starts, which is filled with much more exciting things, especially for Ethan, since he is in the “big kids” summer camp. He gets to board the school’s vans each day and head out to the pool, skating, mini golf, & bowling. Jocelyn gets to have game day, splash day, movie day, and imagination station day (all at the school).

So I was kind of afraid this might be a blah week for them, but they’ve been so cheery and happy I am looking back at the week, kind of amazed. In fact on Wednesday when I picked them up, they were so lovey dovey and happy that I commented to them, “You guys are happier than a pile of puppies!” which made them laugh and giggle with even MORE happiness.

We all had so much fun at the pool last Sunday that I promised I would take them after school on Friday. Yesterday Ethan asked, “How many days until Friday?”

“Why?” I asked.

“Because Friday we’re going to the POOL!”

“Well, you should be happy because TOMORROW is Friday!”

“WAHOO!! I’m going to swim under water again! And I’m going to show Daddy this time!”

These kids. So cute. I hope the “happy” streak continues for a LONG long while.

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Jun 09 2008

weekend recap

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Saturday recap:

It was a busy weekend. Saturday morning we had Jocelyn’s last soccer game. We all melted into little puddles. Then we went drove over to some air conditioning so the coaches could hand out soccer trophies and the kids could eat cupcakes. Then we went to Target and bought some new pool toys and headed home for lunch and more air conditioning.

When we were ready to brave the heat again, we headed out to Old Town Manassas for their annual train festival.

We heard about it 2 years ago, when we happened to go into town the day AFTER the festival, and then last year we missed it for some reason (probably soccer) so we had it on our calendar and were determined to NOT miss it.

It was hot, and fun. It was under a big pavillion so at least there was shade.

There were about 6 big train layouts and I think Ethan could have stayed there all day.

He didn’t say much, but just kept wandering here and there, eyes never moving from all the trains.

I see lego trains in our future.

Jocelyn was very excited to see one train car with fish in it – She pulled me over to show me, and I was shocked to see that yes, they were real goldfish! We stayed a while, looking at all the layouts and climbing on the old caboose (which is there all the time, not just for the train festival).

Then we headed out to a birthday party/barbeque at one of James’ work friends. They had a kiddy pool and a sprinkler thingee that had a rocket launcher and the kids got their suits on and were in heaven. I let James watch them while I stayed in the blessed air conditioning. The kids and I didn’t get to stay long however, as I had a birthday party to take them too. In retrospect, I should have just RSVPed NO to the party and planned on staying for the BBQ, because they’ve been to about a ZILLION parties in the last 2 months. But oh well.. I’ll know better next time I guess.

Sunday, James took the kids to the pool while I went grocery shopping.

They came back and had lunch and then I took them BACK to the pool, where Ethan finally learned how to hold his breath and go under water! Granted, this was with big goggles, the kind that goes over eyes and nose, but I’ll take it.

He was very VERY excited with his accomplishment and can’t wait to go back to the pool.

Jocelyn escaped with I think a tiny sunburn on her cheeks, Ethan was a bit red on his back and his shoulders, and I got totally roasted on my upper back and shoulders. Ow. Hopefully we all heal before the next time we head back. And next time, I’ll be sunscreening everyone up every HOUR (including myself!)

We have a Code Red on heat here in the DC area until Tuesday. We really were lucky to go as long as we did without the excruciating heat, but summer finally decided to stop looking the other way and blast us with the heat and humidity. Ah well.

Hope everyone’s weekend was good!

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Jun 06 2008

very large truck

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Ethan in front of the tire of a huge construction truck

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Jun 05 2008


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Kade on top of Ethan, with Jocelyn onlooking

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