Life lessons via graham crackers

This is one of those “You know you’re a mom (or parent) when…” moments.

So I was at a doctor’s appointment the other day, and while I was waiting, they were like, “Did you eat this morning?” And I thought about it and said no, and they said, “We have crackers and peanut butter, do you want some?” And I was like, “Yeah I do!”

So the nurse brought me these two little single-serving peanut butters with a plastic spoon, and two single-serving packets of graham crackers. And I was like, This actually looks really good. So I ate one serving of each, and then I thought, You know, B really likes graham crackers, and this is a very convenient individual serving size, I should probably save them for him. I’ll just eat the other peanut butter with this spoon.

And then I thought…Why am I saving this for him? This is for me, for a reason, and he doesn’t care if I don’t give this to him. He’ll never even know. Plus, he just eats crackers all day long. And not off-brand graham crackers. He gets goldfish and stuff. This is not a thing. I don’t have to give this to him. I’m going to eat this.

(By the way, this is all pragmatic – not out of malice. I don’t blame B for my weird ideas.)

So I opened the second package of graham crackers, set it on my knee to open the peanut butter…and it promptly slid off my slippery stretchy pants and onto the floor where all the crackers shattered.

And I thought, Touché universe. I have been reprimanded for my selfishness where graham crackers are concerned. And then I ate the peanut butter with a spoon.

And from that day forward, she shared everything with her children.

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Once in a Blue Moon

There’s a blue moon tonight! It hasn’t happened since 2012 and isn’t scheduled to happen again until 2018. (It’s weird to say the moon is scheduled, like a dentist appointment, but you know what I mean.)

The internet (specifically The Guardian) tells me that while it’s commonly accepted that a “blue moon” is the second full moon in a calendar month, farmers actually used it to refer to the “third full moon in a season containing four.” Which sounds way less special.

As always happens to me when I find out there’s something special about a particular day, I have a sense that I should celebrate this somehow. Maybe I should do something I only do once in a blue moon. But what?

  • In an effort to cross something off my to-do list, I could purge the freezer. (That doesn’t happen too often.)
  • To relax, I could watch a movie with Drew, with our phones in the other room. (That just sounds like looking for an excuse to watch a movie.)
  • We could eat something special for dinner. (But that requires thinking of something special, and then obtaining/preparing it, and it’s already almost 5pm.)
  • I got it. I just got it. I could go to bed at like 8:30. That’s perfect.

Happy Blue Moon! Zzzzz….

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A Sticky Situation

I kept getting stuck behind this truck today, and I was absentmindedly reading the bumper stickers, thinking, This is why I don’t get bumper stickers, because I really don’t know what I would want to use to showcase my personality to all the drivers around me. Then I realized that this person is kind of the exact opposite of me.

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I couldn’t get the bumper stickers to all show up well, so I’ll just tell you what they are. Counter clockwise from top left:

“Hunt with your kids – not for them”

“I’d Rather Be Fly Fishing – Rock Creek Fisherman’s Something, Clinton, MT”

“My Labrador is Smarter Than Your Honor Student” (secretly, these stickers really bug me – it might be the remnants of the honor student left deep inside)

“Testicle Festival, Rock Creek Lodge, Montana – I Had a Ball!”

See what I mean? Opposite of me.

On the other hand, choosing the assortment of adhesives that is going to define you to the world is not an easy task.

You can go political:

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Philosophical:

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Family-focused:

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Family-focused while also making it clear that you have a sense of humor:

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Athletic:

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Pop-cultured:

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Literary (feel free to make this as obnoxious or not as you like):

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Showing school spirit or other pride:

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Or very obscure:

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So you can see it’s hard to figure out what stance you want to take. As a high schooler, I would have gone half literary, half weird pop culture. As a college student, I would probably have gotten more obscure. I hate to default to Baby on Board now. But I guess that’s why I have nothing identifying myself to the world at large. Maybe I would do better to describe myself in terms of what I am NOT: I don’t hunt, I don’t love my lhasa apso, I wouldn’t rather be shopping, my other car isn’t a motorcycle, etc.

I probably WOULD use a bumper sticker of a Stephen King quote though…

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Paper Moon

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-Ella Fitzgerald, “Paper Moon”

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Am I “White Luxe Diamond Strong”?

FullSizeRender (5)I thought that by the time I was an adult, I’d have a handle on certain things. Easy things. Things that shouldn’t be hard to figure out. Things like what flavor of toothpaste I like.

I like Crest, and I like Crest Pro-Health…at least I think I do. But without fail, every time I go to buy toothpaste, I stand there trying to figure out what type of mint I got last time and didn’t like, or what was that kind I got that one time that I really liked? The names of them don’t help at all: Fresh Mint, Clean Mint, Fresh Clean Mint (not making that up), Herbal Mint, Arctic Fresh…but which one do I like??

I just saw they have Cinnamon now. Maybe I would like that.

I don’t get why this is so hard for me. I’m a grown-up. Why can’t I keep this straight?

I wonder if Drew has a favorite flavor. I’ve never asked him. This strikes me as the kind of thing he wouldn’t care about. But I could be wrong.

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July 4, 2015

I would be remiss to not begin by saying that Drew has been amazing lately. He has been incredibly supportive and encouraging, even though we both know that as we get closer to the arrival of baby #2, things are just getting slower and more challenging (for me), and more amped up and threenager (with B), and then pretty soon (like very soon), there’s going to be a newborn in the mix. Drew is the only one who doesn’t have some kind of biological excuse to be crazy, and he’s been taking on a lot.

So I just now (like 20 minutes ago) finished my third term of grad school, and I can say now that I think it was great – I feel like I learned A LOT in the last 10 weeks. But this end was harrowing and it was unfair that it fell on Fourth of July weekend. There has been a lot of socializing in the past couple weeks, and it eats into my homework time, which has been making me panicky. BUT, I just submitted my final papers for both classes, and so everything is done.

We did take some time yesterday to do Fourth of July things – like all wearing flag tshirts together. (But then Drew and I both changed before we went out.)

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B has been waking up super early the past several weeks (like pre-6am), so he gets tired in the middle of the day, and sometimes, like yesterday, he takes super long naps, then is extra cuddly afterwards. It’s hard to complain about that.

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We took some selfies, and went to Target.

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When we came home, some neighbors were doing fireworks outside with their kid. I took B outside to watch, and our neighbor (actually I’m not sure, I’ve never seen him before) gave us 2 boxes of poppers and 2 boxes of sparklers. We used all the poppers, and then Drew and I hemmed and hawed and decided to try one sparkler. I definitely had a death grip on B the whole time, but he was really cute doing it.

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After this one, I got him to trade me the rest of the sparklers for some bubbles, which are much less nervewracking.

Then, when it was nearly bedtime, B went to the fridge and got out this apple and just started eating it. We were both like, Well, it’s an apple, so that’s fine. But then he proceeded to eat the entire thing. And I mean, the entire thing. Like a pony.

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It took him so long to eat this one apple he was up later than usual, but he was so cute most of yesterday. It’s easy to let him stay up later when he’s eating whole apples and reading the ABC book and generally just being adorable.

So, it was a great Fourth of July. And I still have half a day left of this weekend in which to take a nap! So, that’s my cue, bye.

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Happy birthday, Grandma!

Today is my grandma’s birthday! Happy birthday, Grandma!

Here is one of my favorite throwback pictures of her:

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Isn’t that a gorgeous photo? I don’t even know what year it is or what beach it’s taken at, but I just love how classy it is.

Recently I was given a bunch of stuff that’s been in storage in her garage, and one of the things is a folder with an envelope of negatives and the contact sheet to go with them. It’s a bunch of photos I’ve never seen of my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and parents, plus me as a toddler, at our house. It’s kind of cool because I don’t have a lot of memories of big gatherings there – we usually went to my grandparents’ house for holidays and stuff. So to see everyone in “my” back yard is special.

I have been looking for a place that will develop the photos for me, but did you know that photo developing (well, negative scanning, really) has become an obsolete art? I found a place down the peninsula that will do it, but I just have to get there. And remember to bring the negatives with me. Hopefully next week.

Incidentally, my grandma and I share a birthday. It’s always been one of those things that made me feel special and extra close to her. A week or so ago, my mom told me that she made that happen with her mind…that I was due on June 15 but she thought, Oh, if I can wait 2 more days they’ll share a birthday. (Pregnancy was apparently different back then, haha.) At any rate, I’m glad she managed it!

Happy birthday, Grandma! I hope you have a wonderful, blessed day!

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