Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Once again, the kick in the pants we need to keep to real, whole foods...

Group requests FDA ban food dyes

Yum, tar coal!

I'm out for a trip home... I'll be online but on a totally different routine I'm sure....

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

In Which Our Heroine Attempts to Pack a Week's Worth of Clothes into a Thimble

Figuratively. As in, I need to catch up on the blog, squeeze all the happenings into this post.

And as in, packing for TF and Mommy's trip to ye olde hometowne. So far I have a huge pile of clothes on the guest bed.

Nah, I'm a bit organized for the trip. I've learned by now it's the one way to get things done w/o running around like MAD, being late, and simply not getting things done... altho we do plenty of that around here, too.

Anyway, what have we been up to this month?

Ok, now I'm typing one-handedly...

We took TF to the Wild Animal Park-- a lovely drive on the backroads there, many hilarious (to TF) birds, and some very neat creatures... hogs (and baby hogs!), tiny deer, monkeys swinging (and baby nursing!), giraffes, lions, rhinos, etc etc. All good fun. Pics up soon!

Dashing Daddy is job hunting again... and working more than ever on starting his own company. Can't blame him! He's too smart and too hardworking to put up with the clowns in charge at most places. It's one thing to be in your own classroom and only have to deal with the folks in admin occassionally; it's got to be another to have your job revolve around their clowniness....

TF can read. Yeah. She was telling me the sounds of the letters on the carpet at the library (first she did "wwwah" for the HUGE W and I thought it was cute that she could tell it was a letter, as she does that reading bit only for real lettering... but she says wwah for ALL letters, lol... but then she said OOOO for the O, and B for the B.... and I promptly felt very afraid! LOL). So we printed some words in very large letters in bright red on some cut up posterboard, so she could see the words, as we were told this was easiest for lil kids (and we could see if she knew them w/o illustrations) and BAM, a week later she's reading six words or so.... ball, bird, book, cat, dog, car.... I know I'm the Mommy and probably sound insufferably snotty, but it's pretty stunning. I am so proud of my girl! Not even 14 months old yet! We just read the words to her at first, but on Sunday, father's day, we asked her about them and she read! I'll try to get it on camera, b/c dang, it's adorable. Next week we read Vanity Fair together... lol. But I am looking forward to sharing so many great books with her, when she's much older. For now, it was something that she was clearly very interested in, and finds fun.

She's also doing new cute things... she loves things that are upside down.... she loves making the sign for owl (but on her mouth, extra cute) and a lil hoo hoo sound... she's figured out it's hilarious to pretend to give something to mommy, the to daddy, over and over again-- teaser! or just run away screaming with laughter. She loves music... her obsession is to say more more more more more more... until you sing the right song... certain books mean certain songs... like the busy hand book = itsy bitsy spider, the moo ba lalala book = old mcdonald, and of course the ABC book... or she'll see ABC anywhere and go "BBB!" And she'll go lalala for the lalala lemon song... she loooooves barenaked ladies' kids music.'

ok my one hand is tired now! as you can tell. more from the road soon I hope! we are getting to see one of my oldest friends marry another friend from junior high! Super excited about that. And just being with my family and old haunts. We are very sad for daddy tho. So there will lots of pic we hope!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Crossing over to the dark side...

I bought a stroller today.

More coming soon! (Including pictures I hope!)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Shaping Up

Here's someone else's pic of the same toy:

I went out and bought TF a shape sorter a few weeks ago, and b/c my good friend highly recommended it, I got the Melissa and Doug one from our local toy shop, even tho I kind of avoid that brand for various reasons (I also got the dollhouse, too, tho! Too sweet! A neighbor had given Sophie an old house and it was built for all these oddly shaped dolls we didn't have (and I don't want her playing with the actual "Little People" b/c of the pthalates in the soft plastic), so I just got her a new one since she loved playing with the house). Anyway, the next day I read online how all these people hated the toy b/c of the top falling off and the shapes being confusing and all this stuff... whatever, Sophie loved putting the blocks in and taking them out (of the big opened top). Good container play fun, right?

Well, tonight she suddenly got it! I showed her the star block and star hole earlier today, so maybe something clicked... she got that one in, and then a bunch of others. She would get really frustrated and toss the block and swing her hands around and hit the block on her head... yikes! But soon she figured out just to give the block to mommy and I'd do it, so she got to see it go in, and then she'd try it again. She did it a bunch and it was so cute when she went, "Ididit!" like she does (normally she says this when just placing the block on any old hole, or a puzzle piece on any gap on the puzzle board-- really funny. And it was really funny she she made me do a block and then said "yooodidit!"). I'm glad for her b/c I am terrible terrible terrible at spatial stuff so maybe she'll fare better! Anyway, Dashing Daddy and I had a lot of fun playing with her and then reading a baby faces book ten times, lol. She totally remembers what each book is about, and makes the faces of each baby (happy, sad, surprised, laughing--throwing her head way back like I taught her by overacting, typically, lol).

She still loves to say "noooo" and "no no no no" and "red" for almost any question these days. Reading letters, if she starts it she still goes P P P but if I ask, today it all says W W W (I AM reading Women Who Run With the Wolves and she likes reading the What in Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, so it's been coming up).

She's kinda scary sometimes. But sooo much fun to chase around the living room giving kisses! She gave Daddy a hug and a kiss tonight when I prompted her! Awww!

Monday, June 2, 2008

You Know, For Kids!

I just was given a great idea for clean up time and I want to jot it down for when TF is older. The idea is this: Throw down a hula hoop and pick up and put away everything inside it, then repeat until the floor is cleaned up! Helps little kids focus in a potentially overwhelming task.

And if you don't get the title, you must go netflix the Coen bros' Hudsucker Proxy :)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Booking Along

So I have made a lot of progress, at least in getting back into the world of my novels. I haven't reviewed much of the information I have on my computer (as in, my two started drafts and tons of typed notes), but my notebook and I have gotten reacquainted and very friendly, mostly as TF runs around up and down the path outside, or while she plays with Daddy on the floor. I found my ultimate ending to the third book, which is exciting and scary. That's most of what I have in book three, too, so I still have a ways to go, building backwards for the benefit of book two, and then back into book one. I finally got some concrete ideas for expanding book one down, which is lovely, as I had an abundance of ideas for book two, which was making book one look more anemic than ever.

I am still terrified that my writing is plodding and my dialog is atrocious.

I am still going.