Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Additionally, I usually have the strangest dreams and if I remember them I am usually very thankful that those dreams did not come true. However, in departing from my normal bizarre dreams last night I had a dream where I did at least three of the things that I wanted to work on today. They were all interactions with other people and in the dream I was highly successful at getting it all done. So successful in fact that when I woke up I actually had to process the fact that those items were in fact not done and it had all been a dream. This is one of the very rare times that I wish what I had dreamed about was true.
Monday, September 29, 2008
She is so quiet initially around people I will be interested to see which of her brothers she takes after. Originally Doug was the talkative baby and Andy hardly said anything. Then, around the time they were two, they swapped. Now I can hardly get Andy to shut-up and I have to remind my self that Doug actually does know how to answer questions and he does use expressive language when he chooses.
- My presentation for my conference...done (and with good reviews)
- My research proposal for my survey class...done (despite printing issues due to the school print server being down)
- My article critiques....done (hopefully the prof will confirm that she got the email attachment soon)
- My literature review paper...done-ish (it's now being edited...in France by the professor)
- Papers for the Intro class scored...done
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I suppose this sign might be slightly redundant as most people who stop and think about it probably can tell by the outfit. For instance...Doug has this thing about plaid shorts. There is a pair that he REALLY likes. SO therefore the plaid shorts go with his Thomas shirt if he picks out his clothes.
Andy has a liking for red socks. In fact yesterday was the second day for the same pair of red socks. He had them on his feet before I could make any correction and I just said "ok, at least he probably only wore them for a few hours at preschool the previous day."
Both kids like socks with fun pictures. So therefore it doesn't matter what the rest of the attire is but we must wear socks with pictures. Due to gifts we have been given we also have quite the selection of socks with pictures. Our list includes socks with: trains, construction equipment, abc's, bears, airplanes, moose, ufos, and more. Today Doug picked out some "comfy" shorts that were light blue with a blue strip down the side. He had one a solid blue shirt so that wasn't too weird, but then he really wanted the airplane socks. I had put them in the laundry (along with the red socks in an effort not to let Andy wear them for yet a third day). So therefore Doug ended up with UFO socks.
However, probably the strangest outfit that we had today...which probably even topped the comments we got from wearing pjs around campus, was Andy. Andy very proudly told everyone that he picked out his own clothes. He had on red socks (with blue and yellow diamonds), slightly too short blue stripe engineer overalls (probably time to pull those out of the clothes rotation), a tie-dyed shirt, a round hat (worn side-ways for most of the day), and pink polka-dot sunglasses (also worn most of the day). We were quite the sight and got lots and lots of comments and smiles.
Friday, September 26, 2008
You Should Live in Tennessee
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I survived my conference. It was interesting to go because really I knew a lot of people who were there...I just didn't know many who were coming from my area since I haven't been in a classroom here. So I only found a carpool one day, but I did get to see a lot of people I haven't seen in two years (because last year the conference was the same day we closed on our house that we were moving out of). It was interesting to pick out sessions to go to because I don't have the focus of teaching in a classroom with children and now my needs are much different (and I was really feeling how much I have changed...which is a good thing I guess).
I also survived the presentation I was scheduled to do. It was really the one that I was supposed to do last year so it was actually over a teaching unit that I hadn't looked at (let alone taught) for a very long time. However, it seemed to go well and I got some positive comments from people. I only took 45 minutes instead of the hour that I potentially had but I was in the last time slot for the day so people were probably glad to get out a little early anyway. I also ran out of my hand-outs. I wasn't really sure how many to prepare for and I had already decided that rather than killing a small forest with paper hand-outs that was going to go "high tech" so I had burned CD-Roms. Since I didn't want to end up with a bazillion of the CD-Roms left over I only did about 20. Well...I ended up with almost 35 people in my session. So I now have to email a bunch of people the unit and the PowerPoint.
I'm glad that the professor I have for the class that was supposed to meet this weekend is someone who also presented at the conference. That means that she was tired and just ended up giving us all a PowerPoint rather than actually having to physically meet. Also, my last big assignment for a little while is due Monday so after Monday I will be much better off (and hopefully less stressed).
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Well...I have THAT child. I suppose at least I don't have two of those children because at least Doug is the strong silent type (except when he is wigging out because his anal retentive perfectionistic tendencies are coming through...but we're trying to deal with that and yes those things can already shine through in a three year old).
Anyway, I am beginning to think that "why" is the most powerful word in the English language. There is just no end to it. Any answer can always have another "why" asked about it. Jim got Andy to stop by saying "because daddy said so" but apparently me saying "because I said so" just didn't have the same effect.
I am headed to a conference today and tomorrow so I am sort of looking forward to the break-ish feel of being away from the kids a bit (it's not an overnight thing).
I think I might start tallying Andy's questions. I just have to decide if I should tally ALL of the questions (he usually starts out with multiple word sentences and then eventually gets to the single word "why" questions) or if I should just tally the "why"s for my own sanity.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The other night Doug and Andy's babies (dolls they were given about the time Josie was born) joined us for dinner. As we were finishing up Andy got out the stethoscope toy and declared that his baby had heart problems. He then said that he was going to cut open the baby and fix the baby's heart. Andy went into the next room.
When Jim entered the room a little later and apparently there was the baby with a toy axe sitting next to it.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday- I spent most of the day (and night) dealing with Jo. We went to the doctor in the morning only to discover that she did not have an ear infection (despite pointing at her ear and saying "ow" repeatedly). She also choose to run her higher fever AFTER we went to the doctor and Jim sat with her in her room and then I ended up sleeping in the recliner with her so I could monitor her fever during the night.
Saturday- Major (cheap) progress on the house...or at least it felt like major progress.
- We removed (well...mostly Jim removed while I carried out waste) the fake ceiling beams from the den. Now, you may say that those are back in style. However, the ones from 1968 are a bit different from the ones from 2008. The ones from 2008 are likely to be thin, like maybe 2 inches hanging down from the ceiling. The ones from 1968 were massively constructed...about 5 inches wide and hung down from the ceiling about 8-9 inches. The 1968 beams were dark in color, and hung in a room with only a 9 foot ceiling and dark paneling on all four walls. It was amazing how much brighter and how much better the air flow from the fan is in that room.
- I also finished scrubbing the floor in the kitchen. I realize that I started this project like 3 weeks ago, but there were lots of other things that interrupted me in between. The floor looks much better. I was actually able to mop some of the sections I had scrubbed before and only end up with grey water rather than black water. It also feels better under my bare feet.
- We took care of a friend's baby in the evening. Mr. Aidan was of great interest to Doug and Andy. They were a bit overwhelmingly friendly to him. He is about 7 months old and is an only child. Doug and Andy were very excited to play and share with him. Aidan was fine for about half an hour and then I think the boys just got to be too much. After that point every time Andy would get close to kiss him on the head, Aidan would cry. Aidan did take a nap and woke up after the other kids were in bed. Then he was happy, watching the cat, and got into exploring.
Sunday- I'm not quite sure what to say about today. We went to church. We went to the covered dish luncheon after church (this is equivalent to a pot-luck for those of you who are in areas of the country who call it by a different name). Jim and I went to a baby-shower this afternoon. Josie is definitely better now. I'm probably jinxing myself, but hopefully the kids will continue to play happily and perhaps I can get some things done.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Andy put their shoes on this morning to go to church. He helped them all off the elevator and to get drinks of water. They also had lunch with us.
I did find out that they are still his construction crew of which he is the boss. They are smaller than he is...and that while there is still Zack, Pete, and Katie apparently "the other Katie" died. Yep died.
However....Andy is "building" another one and she is part of some family called the "Topper" family. Doug gives minor acknowledgement to Andy's "friends".
Saturday, September 13, 2008
However, Jim fried a bunch tonight to make tortilla chips and they were fabulous.
Friday, September 12, 2008
So he promptly pulled out the front of his underwear and stuck the car down in.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Josie got silly today and I don't know if she was trying to tickle me or just play rough but she pinched me.
Andy, who was fine all day at preschool and for the whole afternoon, probably got talked into eating too much rice at dinner and threw up all over me.
So I showered off with Andy and then showered Jo and Doug. Doug was being silly and went to slap at the shower curtain and managed to slap me in the process.
So I have been pinched, puked-on, and slapped today.
I think it is time to go to bed.
She came with the recording device yesterday and was supposed to record 100 utterances or apparently about an hours worth of time. She chose to record Doug because she thought she could understand him better. However, Andy is my more talkative child. The kid is a running commentary with constant narration of what is going on and you can definitely hear him sorting out the world with his comments and questions.
She spent just under an hour down in the play room. Apparently she had to follow him around some. I suggested that she get him on the subject of trains or monster trucks. I'd love to know what exactly she was supposed to find out and where Doug is at. He is one of those kids that would rather act silly then admit that he doesn't know something.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This morning it was Andy. He was running a fever last night, and while he is acting normally I couldn't really send him to preschool. So when he found out that he couldn't go today I endured 30 minutes of "but I WANT to go to school" whining (don't get me wrong...I'm very happy that the child likes school). Then I suggested that he could play school at home with Josie so that we didn't make the other kids sick, and it was like changing the channel because suddenly he was happy.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I have not gotten enough sleep lately between Doug having trouble falling asleep (two out of the last 5 nights), me staying up too late (a different two nights out of the last 5 nights) and Doug throwing up last night (but he seemed fine this morning) so that I spent part of the night with him in the recliner.
Additionally, I FINALLY got to talk to a manager at Roto-Rooter about the mess the plumber left last week. I am the type of person who hates conflict, but it should be the manager trying to get a hold of me, not me having to chase him down after almost a week's worth of calls. I was beginning to think that "he's on a conference call" was code words for "he doesn't think you're worth the time of day to call back." So now I am sending a letter with what was damaged and values and let's hope that it elicits a speedier response then the phone calls did. At least the secretaries I talked to there were nice.
I'd like to think that I might go to bed earlier tonight, but I have a bunch of stuff I need to do and at some point I have to at least pretend that I am getting a ton of Grad Assistant work done.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I got baby-sitting worked out today, but it was the type where it involved three different people (plus preschool), Jim, and me. So instead of having this nice chunk of time to work on campus I spent the day going back and forth between being on campus to teach and either shuttling kids or waiting for a baby-sitter.
I walked back and forth from my parking spot to the education building three times...and to counter-act any benefit I might have reaped from all that walking over the course of the day I ate a corn dog, a soda, two microwave egg rolls, and about 15 cookies.
- Doug was particularly cheerful this morning on the way to church (he has taken whininess to new heights a few days this last week). Somehow we got into him singing "ma na ma na" and me doing the "do do" part.
- Got to eat fried fish for lunch...which was something I had been craving. I probably ate it way faster than I should have but it tasted good. I also got to see a little girl from the next table loving all over my boys...I don't know if I am ready for that.
- All three...yep three...children took naps today! At the same time! (The down note to this is that while Andy was waiting to fall asleep he pulled his bed apart including the mattress, and then tried to sneak out and lock himself downstairs with all of the toys. Fortunately three year olds are really not that sneaky and he got the punishment that was advertised...no extra pillows/toys/blankets/etc. and his bed currently has the mattress and main pillow and that is it.)
- I somehow let myself get talked into baking cookies. While I did not manage to get the cookies started before a child woke up, I did get the kitchen picked up some (had to find counter space) and then only had one child (Doug) actually helping to make the cookies. We made "Cowboy Cookies" that were basically my grandmother's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans, chunks of dark chocolate, and chunks of white chocolate.
- I got some laundry sorted (my down-fall...I can run load after load through the washer and dryer and somehow I don't get it sorted...I think my record is somewhere around 5 loads of laundry waiting to be sorted and yes I have run out of undergarments when this happens). I got to sort it in the room where we moved the TV and enjoy the new ceiling fan that we probably can't afford this month but that makes a huge difference in the temperature of the room. It is making me feel a little more settled (despite the fact that we have been in the house somewhere close to 9 months...settled is a relative term).
- I have started scrubbing the kitchen floor....Cinderella style with a stiff brush (and yes this is actually a highlight). I have realized that this 1970's floor is not getting replaced any time soon and that if I am going to have to live with it (which I am) I might as well do my darn hardest to actually get it clean. I realized that one of the reasons I kept putting off mopping it (see previous mopping reference) is because even when I do it is still dirty. However, after the third time in a row mopping last week (yes I actually mopped my floor three times in less than half a day...even without anyone spilling something on it) I realized that I might actually be able to get more of the dirt out that was down in the little dips in the floor. So I went and got a scrub brush and while it is going to take me awhile it is actually looking cleaner. The true tests will be if it feels better on my bare feet and if I can mop more than a small section before my water looks horrible.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The fact that I found six phone numbers on my cell phone that apparently my children programed in?
The fact that Doug insists that when he put DVDs in the DVD player that they are not only right-side-up but that he very carefully lines up the picture so that it is exactly "straight" in the spot?
The fact that Andy said he wanted pancakes and bacon so we ended up doing breakfast for dinner rather than eat the simple leftovers we had planned?
The fact that Josie actually got to help stir the pancakes this time instead of just watch (she so thinks she is one of the "big" kids)?
The fact that my children ate goldfish crackers for lunch because Doug just didn't quite get the idea of leaving a bag of them at school so that the teacher could use them for snack time? (Imagine driving all the way home with a child wailing in the back seat "Back, Back, I want to go backwards, I didn't get my goldfish.")
The fact that Andy did eat a little soup for lunch but that what he ate mainly consisted of him digging around with his hand in the soggy goldfish cracker filled soup to find the "noodle" that were the shapes from the Disney Princess soup? (Yep...my boys like the princesses...perhaps I should get Aladdin, or Tarzan, or Peter Pan, or Jungle Book to watch next.)
Hmmm...what to post about?
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
- Spent almost 90 minutes trying to talk Doug into actually eating something for breakfast and ended up having to walk him in and admit to his teacher that he'd only had some orange juice to drink (she said she'd had days like that too)
- Forked over a bunch of cash to the plumber who pulled another batch of "new" wipes out of the drain. Jim has been so busy and with the rain we had it just wasn't getting done. Unfortunately the guy left a mess so we'll see where my complaint goes
- Andy woke Jo up from her nap after only about one hour so he has been threatened to within an inch of his life if he should EVER do it again
- Waited (and waited and waited) for the DirectTV guy to come and then spent three hours with him while he upgraded us to HD (I got a deal too...they upgraded me for free plus the relatively minor handling charge) so now we can actually use the HD portion of our TV set. He also moved the connection into the living room so I can do some flip-flopping of rooms that makes more sense to me
- Doug was having trouble falling asleep, and so was Jo. The solution...I put them both in Jo's crib with the instructions that Doug was to "help" Jo fall asleep. I think it worked because it has been quiet in there for a couple hours. I guess I should get motivated and move him back to his bed, unless Jim has beaten me to it
Not a bad day...just busy. I also worked some and got some laundry done so I should probably go to bed.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This morning, while the boys are at preschool, she was cooking me something in the play kitchen. She brought me a spoonful of pretend food and apparently was not satisfied with my slurping noises. She made an "mm-ahhh" sound and when I copied the sound she went off happy that she must have cooked something good.
She also will walk up with her fingers closed and arms out like she is holding an imaginary steering wheel. She'll look at you expectantly until you say "Ready, set, go!" Gee...I wonder where she learned that behavior from (Don't forget the sarcastic tone when you read that).
You may not have noticed that I updated some of the side-bar information to include what her current vocabulary is. However, I know that there are a bunch of words that I am still missing.