Wednesday, September 19, 2007
What is a pirate's favorite letter?
What is a pirate's favorite restaurant?
What is a pirate's favorite kind of sock?
What is a pirate's favorite animal?
You gettin thar idea? Find thar pirate in you at the Portland Pirate Festival this weekend.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Here is just a snippet of our conversation:
Guy: Hey you are really pretty, do you have a boyfriend?
Me: I am married.
Guy: Oh, do you know where there are any good titty bars around here?
Me: No, might want to check on Burnside or 82nd for that.
Guy: Oh, do you know where a New Seasons is so I can get some fruit?
Me: Yeah, you need to get off the train and catch a Yellow line to North Portland.
Guy: Okay thanks, I really need to find a good titty bar that will make me feel good.
Aaah, I just love commuting by public transportation.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I have noticed in the blog world that a number of folks go through quiet periods on their blog. They usually bounce back after a month or two off the webs. I think that is what I needed. A little break, to get my own act in order. Have I promised that before? I am still working things out but I am starting to feel a lot better.
The main reason why I have time today to post is because the family is gone. Out of the house for five whole days. I don't have the time off available so I wasn't able to join them on the trip to visit the in-laws. So it is just me and our ferocious dog, Mojo, who will scare off any solicitor that tries to approach the house with some request for donations (I give at the office anyway). I seriously do not know what to do with myself. Knowing me it will involve cleaning more than anything, just because it is so easy to do when there are no little kids running around.
Before I forget, one of the best things has happened in the last month. Aly is now potty-trained, in underwear full time. Of course she had one accident last night, but that was the first time since we made the big switch. We are firm believers in going from pull-ups to underwear in one big step. No pull-ups at night. It pisses her off to wake up in a pool of pee so she holds it and when she really has to go she almost always will just get up and go use the potty. Like I said she had the one accident last night, and a few mid-day accidents but other than that she is peeing and pooping like a pro. I only had to bribe her with candy that first time she pooped in her potty, after that never a problem. Oh and, knock on wood, she has never once pooped in her underwear. I so hope the trend continues, it is so great to not have to haul diapers around with us.
Hopefully I will be back in the blogging loop soon, but if not that is okay too. Life just gets in the way sometimes.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
This meme comes from BlogRhet and like I said before MoWo passed it on to me. This is a good thing I think. Getting me back into the swing of things and in touch with why I started this blog in the first place.
1. Go back to first or early post. How would you describe your voice back in those early days?Who were you writing to? What was your sense of audience (if any) back then?
In my very first post I said that i was writing for me. I needed a space to write and get thoughts, ideas, frustrations out there. I wanted something more than a journal that would just be put into a box when I finished filling it out.
2. Do you remember when you received your first comment? What was it like?
My first comment was on my second post which City Mama referenced on BloggingBaby (now known as ParentDish) . It came from IrishTwinMama, who did not have a link to blog or email, otherwise I would have contacted her right away to say thanks. I was shocked that someone who I didn't know was taking the time to read my blog not to mention that it was put in the spotlight after one not so great post. But my little rant about wanting to knit while I watched a movie hit a chord with someone else and that made me realize that there was this great community out in the interwebs.
3. Can you point to a stage where you began to feel that your blog might be part of a conversation? Where you might be part of a larger community of interacting writers?
Right with that second post. When CityMama mentioned my blog I felt like I was welcomed in to a new community. A community that I was fully aware was there but that I was never a part of before. I was an outsider reading all these blogs, shaking my head in agreement to what was being written. After that post and especially once I started receiving comments on a regular basis I did feel like there was this bond being formed, and conversations being started.
4. Do you think that this sense of audience or community might have affected the way you began to write?
This question is tricky. I think one of the main reasons why I haven't written much this year is because I started writing less for myself and more for what other people would find interesting. I would start a post and think, this is so boring, who else cares about this stuff but me. But I have to get past that, get back to that first post when I wrote this:
"Yes, this is all for me. Not for my kids, not for my husband or my work or my dog or my friends. This is for me, the queen of Mamaland, the land where I can feel exhausted and euphoric at the same time. So if you want to read then do, but just remember this is me, me, me. Not yours, all mine."
Now the hard part, who do I tag? I will tag Stephanie of Expressions of Love and Granny of RocRebelGranny who were two of the folks who responded to me when I first answered similar questions from MoWo back in March 2006.
So what have I learned from answering these questions? Got to write for myself just a bit more. We'll see.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
We are meeting with the principal of our neighborhood school on Friday to discuss kindergarten early admission for Cat. Her birthday falls in September but the deadline for enrollment is September 1st. I am really hoping she will be able to get in early. I went back and forth on the issue earlier this year. Part of me just didn't want to deal with the hassle of it all, but after listening to my heart I know she is ready. I think she is going to be bored if she has to stay in preschool another year, we would really need to supplement with other activities for her if she isn't accepted. Keep your fingers crossed that the principal thinks she is ready, if she gives us the go we will have Catriona go through the psychiatric evaluation they require (I know it is crazy) to test IQ.
Our nanny will be leaving us at the end of the month and we are all sad about losing her. It looks like we will be using drop in care at Grandma's Place over by Lloyd Center for this last month that we will need someone. That is until S goes back to work in the fall. The kids and S went on a tour today and they didn't want to leave, they are really excited to go to a new "school". So even though we are going to miss our nanny we were happy to find something that the kids are excited about.
We have been doing a lot of house project lately. S painted our entire paneled basement, which was a huge undertaking. I took the kids up to my parents for a few days while that was going on just to get them out of the house. It is so much easier to get things done when the kids are not there. I finished our bedroom, we added some new furnishings to the living room and we got the kids' room all organized and decorated. We have officially owned our house for two years now and we are just getting to decorating it, we are lazy folk what can I say.
Hopefully I will have an update Friday afternoon on the kindergarten issue. I just want to get next fall situated, I have been so confident that she will get into kindergarten early that I didn't set up a back up plan, hope that doesn't bite me in the butt later on.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
What else have I been up to? Not a whole lot, just living life and loving my family. S and I have made a pact to reconnect with each other and the kids, so every month we plan a weekend family trip away from home. Last month we went camping at the coast, this month we will be going to a friends cabin on Whidbey Island up in Washington, one of my very favorite places that I spent a lot of time at growing up. Here in Oregon we love staying in the yurts and cabins that you can rent through the Oregon State Parks, and the kids love it as well. They have electricity and heat which means my one pet peeve about camping, being cold, gets nipped in the bud. Plus the fact they have beds to sleep on, saves me from sore back the next day. They even have teepees you can reserve at a couple of parks in eastern Oregon one near John Day which I would love to go explore one day. Plus the kids would love it just for the dinosaur aspect.
Speaking of dinosaurs, my kids love them right up there with their other current love of pirates. Have any of you read Captain Flinn and Pirate Dinosaurs? We got it from the library and have already renewed it once, I think I need to go to A Children's Place and pick up a copy. It combines pirates and dinosaurs in one great book. Did I mention the princess phase has cooled off a bit? Since I am not a pink and glitter girl, I am a little happy about that one.
Well, back to see if the paint is dried yet, and most importantly cross my fingers that I don't have to paint it for a third time. We bought cheap ceiling paint so the coverage is not so great. Oh well, by the end of the weekend I will have a nice new bedroom to sleep in and a dresser to sell, if anyone is interested I will be putting it up on craigslist sometime next week.
Oh, one more thing before I go, we got tickets to go see Dan Zanes in April. I think S and I were more excited than the girls, but they haven't been to a concert before. I guess two more things, one of the bands that S plays in TRay and the Shades is playing the last Thursday in April at the Kennedy School. It is all ages and should be really fun.
Monday, January 29, 2007
- Go to the Crafty Mamas Bazaar at Milagros
- Paint our bedroom
- Sort through my fabric to sell (I will be putting some up on Ebay soon)
- Go grocery shopping
- Return books to the library, they are due today, so I need to go after work, I promised myself no overdues this year
- Get some window coverings for the basement made
- Do laundry
- Went to the park
- Played outside
- Went for walks
- Had family movie night
- Read stories
- Went swimming
All in all a very productive weekend.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Update: I stumbled upon the site of the designers of this print, Prints Charming out of Australia. What is it with all of these talented folks down there, I am drawn to more and more Australian sites everyday. This fabric is one of the lines being produced by Free Spirit Fabrics who also puts out Heather Bailey's great prints. Like this one:
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
When I got home from work and Scott told me this story I asked Cat if she thought ogres were animals. She said “no Mama, ogres aren't animals but they would make the best pets. Oh, I wish I had an ogre for a pet.” I love that my kids are silly like this, not afraid to stray from the norm. I am sure when she said it she pictured Shrek living in our house.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Why would a Pink Nintendo DS Lite make me a hipper mama?
Here are a few answers I came up, all of them being true but not my first thoughts on the subject:
- It is pink and electronic, my girls would flip and I think I was a total hip mama. Is there something in the little girl brain that equates pink to all things cool?
- I have so been out of the loop on video games ever since Nintendo 64 or Colecovision. Does anyone remember Colecovision? That was about the last time I played video games on a regular basis. If I had my very own little video game system I could become so "now", so "with it".
- It would give me that techno edge to talk to all the guys I work with about video games. I am literally the only woman working on a project with 20 guys. Feeling a little "in" with this group would definitely increase my hipness factor. Plus, they might take me a little more seriously when I discuss work topics. Also what is it with guys and video games? Although this does relate a little more to my answer below.
The best answer of all is that I would be become the ultimate hip chick in the eyes of my husband. Talk about something working better than lingerie to get a guys attention. It is probably one of the only things that is pink & electric, that would get him that excited (that is unless it came in a plain, brown paper box, but that would be something completely different). He wouldn't even care that it was pink. He would care that his smart, beautiful, sexy, and incredibly hip wife won it online. And let's face it, there is no one in this world other than our kids who can make us feel more beautiful and hip than our husbands. A hip wife = a hip mama = a hip lady.
A few of my faves:
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
S answered "I'm vacuuming."
Cat thought for a minute and said " why, is someone coming over?"
She is turning into a little smart ass just like her mama. I'm so proud.
Cat and Aly at Vancouver Lake
Saturday, January 06, 2007
For now Life in Mama Land will be under construction.
Update: I changed the look around, again, but now it looks good in Internet Explorer and not so great in Mozilla. I think I know the problem but enough work for tonight, I am going to bed, I will work on it more tomorrow.
I will work on it tonight, hopefully I can fix the problem.
Please stand by for the regularly schedule program.
Friday, January 05, 2007
As you can see I changed the name as I talked about in my last post. Hopefully it will suit me a bit better. Oh who knows if it will be any better, but it makes me happy to see my name up there at the top of the page.
A few other changes you will notice, my picture in my profile, it is of me when I was 3. I love that picture, I look so happy. Hopefully it will inspire me to surround myself with things that make me that happy, like my family. Also, I will start signing my comments "Heather Bea" instead of the "HeatherJ" you are used to seeing.
I am so optimistic going into 2007, I feel that this will be a year of great changes, tons of inspiration, and lasting memories of my girls.
Happy New Year!
Oh, one last thing, I want to start posting more photos this year, so here you have my two girls. Are they super cute, or is it just me?