What to muse about today?

September 27, 2010

Not really awake today, so not in a place to be writing.  Need more sleep.  So, the easy way out!  Pictures! Of the Piglet!!

Look at her here being so big!  Sitting at a table in a chair!  Eating cereal!  Cereal with milk!  Using a spoon!  She will go and sit nicely at the table at day care, and have breakfast.  Or play a game with her breakfast partner.  Whatever.  She’s getting so big.

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September 22, 2010

So, today, and for the next two days I’ll be a single mom.  Stu’s traveling for business.  He left this afternoon and doesn’t get back until late late friday night.  <sigh>  It’s never fun dealing with the piglet alone.  It’s not that I can’t take care of her by myself, or even that she gives me a hard time when Stu’s not around.  It’s just that there’s no down time.  I have to bounce back and forth from taking care of her to taking care of myself and the house (and cat and fish!).  The only down time is really when I get to sleep.  Which will be soon!!

Since the piglet’s gone to sleep, I have the house to myself.  (Well, me and the cat).  I’m taking advantage of Stu not being here to watch the shows that I’ve only seen half of, that I fell asleep during watching, but haven’t deleted from the DVR yet.  And finishing the chocolate chip ice cream :)




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September 21, 2010

I know I’ve posted about APOD before…  Today was a wonderful collision of two worlds:  Impressionist painting (go VanGogh!) and astronomy.  Who knew that when Vincent painted this, he was astronomically correct, enough that you can estimate the lattitude of the town where this was painted:

Explanation: How can the majesty of the night sky best be captured in a painting? This was a continual challenge for Vincent van Gogh, a famous painter in the late 1800s who pioneered stirring depictions of star filled skies into several of his works. Pictured above is van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone, where the French town of Arles is depicted complete with gas lights reflecting off the Rhone river. van Gogh’s night sky appears alive with turbulent stellar images contrasting with lofty dark blue hues. Above the river, one can discern the stars of the familiar Big Dipper asterism. Following a line connecting the two Big Dipper stars on the right, the North Star Polaris could be easily found, the height of which can then be estimated and actually gives the latitude where the painting was created.

Gotta love Vincent!

PS.  Maybe he picked something up in those late night chats with the Doctor that we didn’t know about :)

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September 20, 2010

Gotta love walking past food in the office and seeing this:

As I past by the tray of cupcakes, I wondered out loud if they were Wonderland themed.  The person who put them out overheard me, and was shocked that I was able to guess it.  Turns out they were from the  “trial batch” of cupcakes for a baby shower, with, yes, an Alice in Wonderland theme.  Talking to the proud grandpa-to-be, I found out that they’ll also have little bottles (filled with Tequila) labeled “drink me.”  LOVE IT!  BTW, the cupcake was yummy.

Also, yesterday was “International Talk Like a Pirate Day!”  I forgot to Arrrrrrrrrrrr!

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September 17, 2010

So, I think my daughter is weaning. <sigh>  I suppose officially she’s been weaning since she turned six months and started eating solid food.  Nursing sessions have been slowly decreasing, till about two months ago, with two a day, if that.  She’s almost always wanted to nurse just before going to bed, even though she doesn’t nurse to sleep any more.  She hasn’t done that since she was about 7 months, although she still does get a bit trancy and milk drunk.  That one last session has been decreasing in time, and occasionally hasn’t happened at all (like last night).

The past few nights, however, she’s woken up at stupid early (or late, depending on how you look at it) asking to either 1. Nurse or 2. Go downstairs and eat.  Sometimes you can get away with giving her some water.  Last night, she asked for a banana.  The night before, it was cheese.  Sometimes she’ll go right back to sleep, sometimes she’ll be up in 40 minutes asking for more.  The start of this week, she slept from 7pm to 8am.  No trouble.  Last week too, well, except the few nights she woke up demanding to be fed.  Downstairs.  Repeatedly.

I suppose I should be happy, she’s 16 months old, very into her food (as you can see!).  We’ve actually nursed up till now, when at first the whole thing was up in the air.  We needed to work on it.  It’s been very rewarding, close, snuggly, warm.  I’m going to miss it.

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September 14, 2010

Another cool entry from the Bad Mom’s Club.

The Kessel Run

This guy has awesome art.  And such a nifty idea – combining two of my favorite things!

The Hunt

If I was up to date on my blog reading, I would have seen this (on my own!) about the same time Stu showed it to me.  It was sweet that he did.  He knows that I love Pooh.  He’s seen my copy of Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, as well as Eeyore’s version.  I’m sure he know’s I have the Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet.  We even call Teagan Piglet half the time.  I also have the original Star Wars movies (VHS!!), as well as Special Editions (DVD, and Han Shot First!!) and the Boxed Set (DVD!)  I may admit to owing the first trilogy, even though it sucked, mostly.

I’m going to have to check to see if I even have Winnie-The-Pooh or House at Pooh Corner.  I do think I have a few board books for Teagan, maybe those will work as well.

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September 13, 2010

Oh, we had such a BUSY weekend!  So busy that it started Friday evening :)
We decided to go out to dinner, and didn’t mind going early, as we both worked from home, so had a make-shift lunch in the first place.  Picked up the piglet and went out to the new(ish) Mexican place around the corner.  It was almost senior citizen land, as we got there about 6:10.  But nice, as we had almost the entire dining room to ourselves.  Teagan was the social butterfly she always is – waving and saying hello to everyone she saw.  She had some corn chips with their salsa – which made her shiver – but she asked for more.  Gotta love that kid.  By the end of dinner, which was ok, she was more than ready to go, so we started playing with her sippy cup.  I took the lid off and she tried to put it back on.  “Ta da!” when she got it the first time.  I would take the lid off and hand her the two pieces.  “Ta da!”  She put them back together.  So cute.  This game worked well for about 15 minutes, and then our ice cream arrived, and we couldn’t feed it to her quickly enough.  LOL.
Saturday, we relaxed a bit, then went off to a wedding.  We had hoped to have a sitter, but no luck, it was the sitter’s birthday that night.  So, we all dress up and head out.  Teagan had a blast!  She went “ta da!” as the brides kissed, got to eat corn on the cob, a whole slice of watermelon (she usually gets chunks), butt in on the first dance, make all sorts of friends, dance her butt off and eat sand!  She ended up falling asleep off to the side of the dance floor (for the second week in a row!!) with the music blaring.  Such a great kid.
Sunday, we met up with Nathan and his parents (Katie and Tim) at the Fair.  Teagan had a blast! (She seems to get so much enjoyment and happiness from everything, it’s fantastic).  Although this was her second “country” fair, she LOVED seeing the sheep, and goats and bunnies and chickens.  The cows were another thing, but we really could only see their butts anyway.  We had great seats for the pig race, and she clapped along.  Lunch was eaten quickly on bleachers while a band played, and it was IMPOSSIBLE to keep her in her seat.  Once she finished eating, that is.  LOL.  I was lucky, and got to burn off some of my lunch calories chasing her down!
Last night, after we washed the bonfire and sheep dust off of her, she decided that she wasn’t sleepy (even though she didn’t get in her entire afternoon nap and had fallen asleep for an hour). We listened to her singning to herself for at least 30 minutes.  So cute.  It was a bit weird hearing happy chirpy sounds instead of bloodcurdling screams, but I’ll totally take the singing any day :)  A very good end to a very busy weekend!





September 10, 2010

I guess Stu is lucky he’s seen this movie.  I love Mamma Pop because of articles like this, and because they have quick hits on pop culture.  Even when I have no idea what’s going on in the world, there is always something I can remember or relate to.

But I love this movie.  It gets quoted often here – just the other day Stu said “Wuv, twu wuv” at some wedding thing on TV.  I can’t imagine not having seen this movie, it’s on one cable channel or another just about every week it seems, and has been for years.  It’s always a joy finding it while surfing for something other than CSI:xx or Law and Order:xx, or even some “real housewives” from somewhere.  Doesn’t matter if you find it half way through, it’s like finding an old friend, always welcoming.

I’m going to have to dig around in the boxes of movies we still have packed and pull out my Dread Pirate Roberts edition!

“Does anybody want a peanut?”


September 8, 2010

So, we took the new car and went to the Hooley this weekend.  The new car drives soooo nicely.  It was a fun drive.  I really like the new car.  We played a bit with the satellite radio (it came with free Sirius for three months as well as the iPod hook up that I had put in.  Fun stuff.

Anyway, we ended meeting up with friends and then walked down to the Hooley.  It was much more crowded than I remember, although it’s been a few years since I’ve been able to go.  Still, delicious food choices (OMG Salt Potatoes!) and good music (Seven Nations!).  Teagan had a blast, it was hard to contain her, she wanted to dance dance dance!


Teagan was dying to get on the stage – she almost did for the second set of dancers, but my friend kept her off during the show.  We let her up after the girls were done, while they were still changing band set-ups.  It was so sweet that one of the girls came up to dance with her.  Shame that the other kids crowded Teagan out, but that didn’t put my kiddo off, not one bit.  She just clapped to show her appreciation and went on to dance by herself.


September 2, 2010

My heart almost broke this morning.  Teagan looked like such a big girl when I dropped her off at day care this morning.    We walked into the building (well, I put her down after the outside step), through the security door, past the outer table, where kids were eating.  Miss T gave everyone she passed her princess wave.  I then opened the door to the infant room and she walked in.  She never used to like going into the infant room, she would cry until she was put in the high chair and promised food.  Again, she waves to everyone in the room, goes to get a toy and would have started playing except she’s not in the infant room any more.  She’s “officially” in the young toddler room now, although she’s been going in there and spending parts of the day for the past month or so.  The young toddler room is through the infant room.

The instructor (teacher?) said she should come right in, so I opened the half-door from the infant room to the  young toddlers.  She walks right in.  Goes towards the toy box to get something to play with, but the instructor asked if she wanted corn bread and fruit (they had peaches!).  Of course Teagan wanted food – she always wants food – so walked over.  As the instructor was getting a plate (!) ready for her, she asked Teagan to go sit in a chair at the table.  They have a toddler table, with these tiny chairs.  Teagan goes and sits herself right down, and then when the plate is put in front of her, loaded up with food as well as a fork, she picks up the fork and starts eating with her hand.  LOL.  She had to hold the fork though.

I wish I had a camera (even my phone) to have taken a picture.  She’s gotten so big, but this morning, she looked so grown up.